Culloden Battlefield set for greater protection ... BBC News The conservation zone around Culloden Battlefield looks set to be expanded to give the historic site greater protection from development. A Jacobite force led by Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated at Culloden by a government army in April 1746. The fighting took place over a wider area than the parts of the battlefield currently in the care of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). Highland councillors will vote on expanding the zone next Wednesday. If agreed, the conservation area would be extended to become six times larger than its current size.
Press and Journal, November 25: War declared on developers in bid to protect Culloden Councillors are poised to back plans for an exclusion zone five times the size of the buffer currently protecting historic Culloden Battlefield from developers.The move would signal a massive victory for campaigners fighting to safeguard the history-steeped site.There was a global furore after the Scottish Government granted permission for a 16-house scheme close to the site of the last battle fought on British soil.But now a 2,423-acre exclusion zone is likely to replace the existing 536-acre one.
Highland News, November 26: New Strategy to Protect Culloden Battlefield from Development AN international fight to protect Culloden Battlefield from encroaching development is on the road to victory. Now there could be moves to make it a World Heritage Site. A new map showing a much wider area of protection has been drawn up and goes to Highland Council’s Inverness City Committee on December 3. The conservation area is now about five times bigger than the existing one of 536 acres. SNP councillor Ken Gowans said it does not mean there will be no development, but any building in the area will have to be sympathetic to the conservation aims and it is unlikely there will be any large-scale development.
Battle of Culloden Evening Lets commemorate the 270th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden - 16th April 1746 - with a night of traditional Scottish music at the Phoenix Ale House, 110 Academy Street, Invernesson Saturday 16th April 2016 (band and time to be confirmed). £5.00 entry includes stovies Hotels and B&B's will be getting booked up quickly so recommended to book your accommodation as soon as possible. The Phoenix is a town centre pub and has an excellent restaurant as well.
Events are to be held to mark the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Jacobite Rising. It was the second of three main risings by supporters of King James VII of Scotland and II of England and his heirs. UHI, the National Trust for Scotland and Saltire Society will hold events during August, September and October. They will be held at Culloden Battlefield, the site of the Jacobites' defeat in April 1746.
Orain Nan Seumasach - Sounds of the Rising - will be the first of the events on 15 August.
The concert will explore the music and folklore of 1715.
A new temporary exhibition on the rising will open at the battlefield centre near Inverness on 6 September.
On 26 September, the Saltire Society will host a talk examining the Highland contribution to the rising.
Another talk organised by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) History Department will be held on 24 October.
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)
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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