Monarch of the Glen’s farm is mak­ing a move

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Alan Shields

IT won’t re­quire a re­moval van, but an en­tire farm on the es­tate fea­tured in the TV se­ries Monarch of the Glen is be­ing moved to make way for a dual car­riage­way.

The work­ing farm on the Balavil Es­tate owned by singer Fiona Kennedy’s daugh­ter Han­nah and her Dutch hus­band Eric Hereema will be shunted 100 yards across the busy A9 near Kin­gussie, In­ver­ness-shire.

In­stead of tak­ing the old Balavil Home Farm build­ings apart and then re­build­ing them, the Hereemas plan to de­mol­ish them and build re­place­ments on the neigh­bour­ing land.

Yes­ter­day the Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park Au­thor­ity granted per­mis­sion to the cou­ple, who bought Balavil House and its 7,500-acre es­tate for an undis­closed sum in 2015.

Plan­ning com­mit­tee con­vener Eleanor Mack­in­tosh said: ‘It cer­tainly is an un­usual ap­pli­ca­tion, mov­ing an en­tire farm, but I am happy to sup­port the rec­om­men­da­tion based on the con­text of the ap­pli­ca­tion.’

Head of plan­ning and com­mu­ni­ties Gavin Miles said: ‘The A9 du­alling project has pre­sented the farm own­ers with a set of chal­lenges as to how it can go about its daily busi­ness post­con­struc­tion and they have de­cided that the best way for­ward is to essen­tially move the farm from east to west.

‘We are rec­om­mend­ing ap­proval of the ap­pli­ca­tion as it meets all the rel­e­vant poli­cies in the Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Plan, de­spite an ob­jec­tion from Trans­port Scot­land.

‘But this is a per­mis­sion in prin­ci­ple, with the de­tail of the scheme yet to be de­cided.’

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