Trad­ing stan­dards to probe farm sale ad­vert

The Oban Times - - News - EMMA CRICH­TON ecrich­ton@oban­

OWN­ERS of a £650,000 farm house in Stron­tian are to be in­ves­ti­gated by trad­ing stan­dards af­ter post­ing mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion on a prop­erty ad­vert.

Drim­na­tor­ran farm, just out­side the ru­ral Lochaber vil­lage, has an ask­ing price of more than half a mil­lion pounds and boasts five bed­rooms, a ‘chalet’ and out­build­ings, but plan­ning records show per­mis­sion was never granted for the log cabin. Ear­lier this year High­land coun­cil’s plan­ning team ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion by own­ers Melvyn and Sally Shaw for a ‘non-residential farm-re­lated build­ing’, but prop­erty in­for­ma­tion for the 47 acres of land shows a log cabin chalet.

A spokes­woman for High­land coun­cil said the is­sue had al­ready been raised with Mr and Mrs Shaw, who as­sured her the de­tails would be changed.

She said: ‘Our lo­cal plan­ning of­fi­cials have pre­vi­ously raised the ref­er­ence to ‘log cabin chalet’ with the own­ers of the prop­erty.

‘The own­ers con­firmed with them that the build­ing is used for agri­cul­tural pur­poses and ad­vised they would ar­range to have the de­tails changed.

‘Mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion in sales par­tic­u­lars is gov­erned by the con­sumer pro­tec­tion from Un­fair Trad­ing Reg­u­la­tions 2008 and the mat­ter has been passed to the coun­cil’s trad­ing stan­dards of­fice to in­ves­ti­gate.’

Mr and Mrs Shaw de­clined to com­ment on the is­sue.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: a farm build­ing is be­ing passed off as a ‘log

cabin chalet’ in the sale of a £650,000 Stron­tian farm

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