Out­rage as Cul­lo­den homes plan ap­proved

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Ge­orge Mair

A PLAN­NING ap­pli­ca­tion to build 16 houses at Cul­lo­den was yes­ter­day given the go ahead – de­spite op­po­si­tion claims that the site is a historic war grave.

The Na­tional Trust for Scot­land (NTS) re­sponded by say­ing the de­ci­sion was the re­sult of a flawed plan­ning sys­tem.

Coun­cil­lors on High­land Coun­cil’s En­vi­ron­ment, De­vel­op­ment and In­fra­struc­ture (EDI) com­mit­tee gave the green light to the lux­ury homes at Viewhill Farm de­spite a campaign to pro­tect the bat­tle­field.

The site is within the boundary of the Cul­lo­den (Bat­tle­field) Con­ser­va­tion Area and Historic En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land’s In­ven­tory of Historic Bat­tle­fields.

His­to­ri­ans have claimed the 1746 Bat­tle of Cul­lo­den was fought in part on the site, and sol­diers are likely to be buried there.

The com­mit­tee voted by 12 votes to eight in favour of grant-

‘Wrong de­ci­sion in wrong place’

ing per­mis­sion to de­vel­oper Kirk­wood Homes, based on a re­vi­sion of its ini­tial de­signs for the build­ings.

They added that High­land Coun­cil was given ‘no choice’ but to ap­prove the con­struc­tion, de­spite the lo­ca­tion be­ing within a con­ser­va­tion zone and ‘the historic bound­aries of one of the most piv­otal bat­tle­fields in all of Scot­land’s his­tory’.

Diarmid Hearns, head of pol­icy for NTS said: ‘The sit­u­a­tion at Cul­lo­den per­fectly il­lus­trates that the bal­ance be­tween the rights of com­mu­ni­ties, the sig­nif­i­cance of na­tional her­itage and the prof­its of de­vel­op­ers is out of kil­ter. This was the wrong de­ci­sion in the wrong place.’

Tory Andrew Jarvie, who voted against the plans, said: ‘I’m bit­terly dis­ap­pointed. This was the fi­nal route of ap­peal.’

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