Cul­lo­den homes bid protesters vow to fight on

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Cam­paign­ers yes­ter­day vowed to fight on de­spite High­land coun­cil­lors ap­prov­ing de­tails of a con­tro­ver­sial hous­ing devel­op­ment near Cul­lo­den bat­tle­field.

Group Stop Devel­op­ment at Cul­lo­den (GSDC) has waged an emo­tional fouryear cam­paign against the 16-home devel­op­ment at Viewhill.

GSDC spokes­woman Carolyn Seg­gie said cam­paign­ers were bit­terly dis­ap­pointed by the de­ci­sion and would leave no stone un­turned in ex­plor­ing other le­gal av­enues to chal­lenge the devel­op­ment.

Ms Seg­gie, an im­pas­sioned fol­lower of Ja­co­bite his­tory, said: “Quite apart from the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance of the site, there is im­por­tant ev­i­dence that the part of the bat­tle­field now known as Viewhill was heav­ily in­volved in the ac­tion, more than likely the flee­ing Ja­co­bite troops were pur­sued by the govern­ment sol­diers and shot there.

“We will go back and dis­cuss this with our le­gal ad­viser and I’m cer­tain we’ll have fur­ther ac­tion to take in this case.”

Al­lan Rae, land di­rec­tor of Kirk­wood Homes, said: “This will al­low us to sus­tain ex­ist­ing jobs and grow our pres­ence in the High­lands.

“We will now be on site at Viewhill this au­tumn with the first homes oc­cu­pied in the spring.”

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