Debate rages over future of old bar
SCOTLAND’S largest village could have one less community hub as a proposal to turn it into flats was put forward to Highland council’s planning department.
Caol community council (CCC) raised the planning application to turn the former Lochaber Bar into a block of two-bedroom flats at its meeting on Monday evening.
The committee is fearful that once the bar is turned into flats the community will never get it back.
Stephen Young of CCC said: ‘Once you lose it as a commercial space it will be gone. Once it goes to flats that is it, no going back. But if you give it a chance someone could still turn it around.’
It was argued at the meeting that Caol has enough housing and that the move could also limit public parking on Kilmallie Road as ownership of the building includes a one third share of the front car park.
The parking area between the Co- op food store and the chip shop is considered essential by CCC.
The community council will request more time to respond to the application to allow further consultation with the community.