Photo credit: Longhouse Photography, Inverness . . . Sunset at the atmospheric Culloden Battlefield. If you ever get the chance to sit and watch the sun go down here, spend a bit of time reflecting on the 1500 Jacobites killed or wounded, and the 50 killed on the Government side .
WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT:
A 16 unit housing development is being proposed at Viewhill, just 400m from the Battlefield Enclosure. The potential exists for housing developments surrounding Culloden.
This development has been opposed by Highland Council.
This development has been opposed by the National Trust.
The development is not in keeping with Policy 35.
Historic Scotland policies state: "Where planning authorities consult Historic Scotland on significant development...Historic Scotland’s views will be given consideration in (the) determination of a case.
Historic Scotland has not kept to their policies.
Historic Scotland has not visited the site of the proposed build
Yet, they have not opposed this build.
ONE CIVIL SERVANT is about to let this building take place.
This will just be the beginning of the desecration of the sacred burial grounds of Culloden.
See what Culloden Battlefield might look like if development is allowed to take place! A video by a member of the Scottish Diaspora now living in Australia.
Highland Council: Proposed Culloden Muir Conservation Area Public Consultation Each local authority has a duty to assess which parts of their area are of special historic and, or, architectural interest and to designate such areas as conservation areas. Culloden Battlefield was first designated as a conservation area in 1968. This current designation is now being reviewed as part of an ongoing Highland wide review of conservation area designations.
We are looking for your views on the proposed re-designation of the area, the associated conservation area character appraisal and management plan. We have developed specific questions to help guide you through the consultation and gather views on the proposals. There are also a number of supporting documents which provide further reading relevant to the Culloden Muir conservation area proposal. These are not part of the consultation but may be of interest to some consultees. (click headline to view links and additional pages)
March 5, 2015. . . Update from Ken Gowans Hi everyone for your information this is where we are at with Highland Council: 1. Paper to extend the conservation area was presented and passed at the City of Inverness Area Committee today.
2. The proposal will be be worked on to produce a consultation document
and put out for Public consultation for a six week period.
3. This will be completed in time for responses to the Public Consultation to be collated and considered by the the Council.
4. The final document will be presented to the PID (Planning, Infrastructure and Development) Strategic Committee on June 3rd.
5. Once agreed at the PID Committee it immediately becomes part of the Supplementary Guidance for Planning (i.e. Planning Law)
6. The council then notifies the Scottish Government of the change to
the Conservation Area. (Note: There is no need for permission from the
Please note that once the public consultation is announced, anyone may respond with comments.
Thanks for raising the profile of this - it has made ALL the difference.
February 25th. . . From Ken Gowans, Member of Highland Council, Ward 20Inverness South: As I promised in January a Planning Paper is coming before the City of Inverness Area Committee (CIAC) on 4th March. The paper outlines the need for a review of the Conservation Area and the extension of that around the greater battlefield area.
The changes are significant enough that, if agreed by CIAC, a six week Public Consultation will be undertaken and the final proposal, informed by the consultation, will go from Highland Council to the Scottish Government for approval. Once approved it becomes part of the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan as Supplementary Guidance. All future planning application must comply with that document if they are to be successful.
The CIAC is broadcast live on the Highland Council website and will be available for 12 months following if you wish to watch this item being discussed. Here is the map with the proposed changes...the red line is marks the current area and green line the new proposed area. Thanks to your support and pressure you will have made a big contribution to preserving the integrity of the Culloden Battlefield area. Thank you!
Here is the key paragraph from the paper:
2.2 The Culloden Battlefield conservation area designation is now out dated given later and more recent research which has better identified the area of the 1746 Battle and has also allowed for the designation and interpretation of other historic environment assets and areas of special historic interest within the landscape of Culloden Muir. The existing designation was drawn fairly tightly around the National Trust visitor site and, although not clearly documented, appears to have been established based on visibility from the visitor centre. It is proposed that the conservation area designation is revised to better reflect the special historic and architectural interest of the area.
Comment from web Admin: Please note that the Viewhill area is within the green line but has already been approved for development...this is the decision, made last year, that has led to our protest! This new proposal will not affect housing being built there!
Over 18,000people have signed our on-line petition, including Sir Kenneth Calman, former Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland, Outlander author Diana Gabaldon, Dr. Tony Pollard, Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at Glasgow University, Historian Chris Haines MBE and many, many others who are making a statement against the development!
As of February 2015 the petition is no longer active but remains a strong statement regarding keeping development away from Culloden Battlefield!
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