Culloden Development Decision

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Wednesday March 14 2018

Conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland has said that the go-ahead for a development at Viewhill Farm, Culloden is a blow for the site.

Responding to the decision, the charity’s Head of Policy, Diarmid Hearns said:

“We strongly feel that this is the wrong development for Culloden and are deeply disappointed at the planning system’s failure to protect this important site from the threat of development.

“The Trust, the community, the local authority and many others with an interest in Culloden have made their views known.

“We do not appear to have been heard, however.

“This is very concerning, particularly in light of the proposals for a new Planning Bill, which if anything, would give people even less of a say on development in their local communities.

“Scotland’s historic sites and stunning landscapes could be lost forever.

“We need to make sure that the places which make Scotland so special get the protection they deserve.”

The charity says that it will now focus on limiting the impact of the development on the site of the last pitched battle in the UK.

Mr Hearns will give evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee during Stage 1 of the Planning (Scotland) Bill today, Wednesday 14 March.

Research carried out by the conservation charity in autumn last year found that most people felt they had no influence on the planning decisions that affected them.



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