Trading standards to probe farm sale advert
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