Above: Map of Culloden Battlefield with proposed Viewhill development in black, top center Below: The developers image of how the housing development would look from the Battlefield.
February 27... Press and Journal Culloden campaigners claim victory in fight to save battlefield Campaigners are claiming victory in the fight to save the scene of one of the most infamous episodes in Scotland’s history. Culloden Battlefield was at the centre of a global row last year when a developer was granted permission to build new houses within sight of the war grave where more than 1,500 men died. Now Highland Council has drawn up proposals to massively extend the protection area around the battlefield, which stretches almost two miles away from the site. click article link to read full article
February 27 ... North Star New plan to guard Highland battlefield from developers George Kempik, founder of the Stop the Development at Culloden group, yesterday welcomed the proposals to widen the conservation zone around the battlefield. He said: "I don’t think it’s going to do our battle regarding Viewhill Farm any particular benefit at all but clearly it’s a good thing because if it gets approved it’s going to make it a lot more difficult for anything like that to happen again." click article link to read full article
February 27 . . .The Inverness Courier Plan to ban Development near Culloden Battlefield PLANS have been drawn up to protect a huge area of land around Culloden Battlefield from development. Housebuilding would effectively be banned and existing homeowners may need planning permission to put up a simple satellite dish, alter doors or windows, or erect a boundary fence if the proposals win outline approval next week.
February 25th. . . From Ken Gowans, Member of Highland Council, Ward 20Inverness South:
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
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.
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!
is the key paragraph from the paper:
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!
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.
Petition, bound into three
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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