Stay in touch with this website and with our Facebook group. At present there is no indication the NTS can purchase the land at Viewhill Farm...and the planning permission given in 2014 still stands...Viewhill Farm is not included in the 2015 Protection Area decreed by Highland Council. The GSDC continues to oppose the building of houses in this sensitive area. 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).
GSDC wreath placed at the Cairn during the Commemoration service in April 2016.
A short video and update as the "battle" to stop the housing development at Viewhill Farm, Culloden Battlefield continues.
Due to the fact that Historic Scotland continues to be confused on the issue of "protection" of Culloden Battlefield, we encourage group members to let them know we are watching and we care! Historic Scotland has merged with RCAHMS (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland).
Update: June 11, 2014 To all who take an interest in this cause: This group was formed in January, 2014, following a report on Scottish Television that a company called Inverness Properties had appealed a decision by Highland Council, to reject a planning application for 16 houses on Viewhill farm, 400 mtrs from the Culloden Battlefield enclosure.
On further investigation we found out that Historic Scotland had done what is called an "Inventory of Historic Battlefields" of all the battlefields in Scotland. In that inventory they drew a line around an area of Culloden Battlefield that they described as "of national importance". The proposed development is inside this area and part of the extended battlefield area. The whole site /area is a burial ground for those who perished there during that bloody battle and it should be treated as sacred ground in their memory.
Our demand: THIS MUST NOT GO AHEAD!
We campaigned to put pressure on the Scottish Government to overturn/recall this decision to allow the development and we also suggested that a wider policy be put in place for the protection of all the land around the Battlefield.
We created a petition, which has had world wide support, with over 18,000 signatures. We have organised numerous protest and flyer handout days at Holyrood, Culloden and Inverness. Public support has increased due also in part to reports in the media. We also set up this web site which has taken this embarrassing story even further out into the world.
As we developed the group and met the various situations that arose, we found out that the Ministers and the Reporter were in a difficult position due to two major factors: Historic Scotland had given the developer their permission to go ahead with the development and the Highland Council Planning Officer had also agreed to the development, although it was rejected later by the councilors of Highland Council, in a planning meeting.
We had considered appealing the findings of the Reporter at the Court of Session. In doing so, we sought legal advice and it was at that time we were informed that the Ministers and the Reporter were restricted by the earlier decision of Historic Scotland and the Planning Officer and it was unlikely that we would win.
Just about the same time we heard that the Scottish government was about to announce a plan to give the area around all the battlefields the greater protection we were seeking... too late for Viewhill. Nonetheless it would seem our campaign had been making an impact. We feel we have encouraged this greater protection to be created, possibly earlier than had been planned. Better still, we also heard that the individual who owned the land was preparing to have talks with the NTS about selling it to them, quite possibly including the piece of land proposed for the 16 houses. We have also learned that the NTS is conducting an archeological assessment of the entire Viewhill Farm area. We await an announcement from the NTS.
During our campaign we have also been able to identify two other developments closer to the battlefield enclosure and a farm access road. We will be keeping an eye on this access road to make sure it is just that. The two other developments have been withdrawn. I believe we can take a lot of credit for that happening.
We may still have more work to do. If building work starts, we must be prepared to move.
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