It has been some time since we have provided our members with an update regarding the building development situation at the Viewhill farm site. The farm and all the outbuildings were demolished a year ago. The work was ordered by The Highland Council’s Planning and Development Service following an inspection of the buildings with the owners, Inverness Properties. A dangerous building notice under sections 29 & 30 of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 had been served on the owner. There has been little activity since that time.
Recently, Admin obtained information that a planning application for 16 houses to be built at the Viewhill site was submitted to Highland Council on July 21, 2017. These are the 16 houses we have been objecting to for the past 3+years.
Although the developer has permission to build, we had, however, hopes that the land owner would take into account the designated National Importance of this small, important piece of Culloden Battlefield. We are very concerned that this land will disappear under houses and pavement. This has happened at other historically important sites all over Scotland.
It is our intention to try again to raise objection to this 16 house development . Our intention is to use social media outlets, our web site and other news media . A locally organized protest at the site is a distinct possibility.
Will you support this new effort to bring attention back to our cause - that 16 new houses do not belong on Culloden Battlefield? Will you join us?
Map with development for 16 homes indicated in black, upper middle of battlefield protected area indicated by red line. Please note that Historic Scotland has given their permission to build on protected land. Records indicate that in 2003 and 2005 the farmer who owned the land was DENIED permission to build ONE house!
Scottish Ministers' Role in Planning Applications (Page 2 Paragraph 6.)
"However, there can be circumstances where proposed development raises
issues of such national importance that it is reasonable for Scottish
Ministers to call in a planning application from the local authority; in
effect to take over the role of decision-maker. . ."
The image used was a recent development just on the
outskirts of Muir of Ord,
on farmland, only 20 miles or so from Culloden... and placed behind the Cairn via Photoshop. This is a representation only, not the reality!!
Is this image SHOCKING to you?
Should the developers get away with building houses only 400m away from the Memorial Cairn on Culloden Battlefield and the Scottish gov't does absolutely nothing to stop them, 20 years down the line you can expect what's left of the Battlefield to be surrounded by houses, just picture the Cairn covered in graffiti, perhaps a shopping trolly or two perched on top. This is what will happen if this development starts at Viewhill, not 'might' or 'maybe' but WILL. Inverness is growing, folks want to live here, less crime, less crowding, nice new houses being built....say goodbye to your heritage and tourism attraction, and hello housing schemes.
The Culloden Spirits Don’t Like Toonies by Charlie McAulay Robertson
It was close tae date an they couldn’t be late, they were headin fur a battle at Culloden. The goin was tough, as the gorse it was rough, an tae top it the ground it was sodden. They would set up camp fur the night, near the battlefield site, at the same place they do every year. And without a redcoat in site, a big fire they could light, have their fill o good whisky an beer.
But this night things had changed, the place was awe rearranged, it was no longer in darkness. Some development co. wae friends in the know, had done something more that quite heartless. The land was no longer bare, there were hooses built there and the street lights they were blindin. The trees they were gone, tables an chairs on the lawn, and just nowhere left fur safe hidin.
So Tearlach cried out wae an almighty shout, gather round awe ye pipers an drummers. They pipes an drums they played, whit a noise they made, standin on top o they big fancy Hummers. The folks they took fright, ye could definitely smell shite, as they ran fur their lives in their goonies. Never again tae they seen an they hooses are no worth a bean, they Culloden spirits don’t like toonies
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