Planning Without the People In 2017 a survey commissioned by the In National Trust for Scotland shows that a majority of people feel they have no influence on local planning decisions and that the planning system needs to do more to protect and enhance our heritage.Note: to read articles below, click on headline live link
Although enacted after the initial developer received planning permission, this is a strong statement from Highland Council that the greater area surrounding Culloden Battlefield must be keep free from development...and it is now protected! Scroll down this page to see the map of the protected area.
Anger at plans for development near Culloden Moor This new proposal is for conversion of the existing TreeTop equestrian centre, which has little intrusive impact, to enable construction of holiday, leisure and hospitality facilities, including 13 lodges, a cafe/shop, reception building, laundry and restaurant. Diarmid Hearns, the (Scottish National) Trust’s head of policy, said: ‘This will be the first big test of the council’s initiative to try and protect what remains of historic battlefield and its setting through a conservation zone.
Cairnfields development built over international protests!
Historians Council on Culloden map of troop movements. Note Viewhill clearly indicated!
GSDC member, Paul Jamieson, offers his video taken on Culloden Battlefield October 4th, 2017...accompany him on a Battlefield walk to the construction area of the 16 houses at Viewhill Farm on a rainy Highland day!
Petition letter to David Sutherland, Directors at Kirkwood Homes Ltd and Historic Environment Scotland ". . . We feel, especially with all the media and public interest we are generating, that taking up such a course could potentially bring you great acclaim and honours. If you were to donate the land to the National Trust for Scotland, or another charity of equal standing, we assure you that we would make as much of that story, as we have done with the potential desecration of the land by building houses on it."
February 5, 2018 . . . UPDATE on Treetops Development From the Architects: HRI Munro. . . "Preliminary imagery of our new Treetops lodges near Culloden, part of a new visitor / restaurant project currently in the planning process. Each elevated lodge will provide luxury space for 2-4 visitors, a secluded pinewood setting and an outside hot tub!"
Treetops Riding Stables wants to convert their rural property into 14 holiday chalets, add a 100 person restaurant and several outbuildings. This project is within the 2015 Conservation Area and within the Battlefield Boundary! This is just "down the street" from the entrance to the Battlefield. Read the planning documents See the map
More than 70 community and environmental groups are writing to the local government minister, Kevin Stewart, pleading for equal rights of appeal. It is “unfair and inequitable” that developers can appeal when they are turned down but local communities cannot, they say.
In recent years developers have repeatedly appealed against councils that have rejected their plans for incinerators, housing estates, quarries, wind farms and a host of other projects. But communities that lose out have no such rights, leading to accusations that they are disempowered.
NOTE: If you wish to contact Kevin Stewart MSP in his capacity as Minister, email him about feeling disempowered about the planning system and asking him to listen to communities and stop ignoring the issue of appeals, please direct your enquiry to the Scottish Government at: MinisterLGH@gov.scot and firstname.lastname@example.org
November 3, 2017: Statement from Group to Stop Development at Culloden click on headline to read The Group to Stop Development at Culloden is aware that the 16 house building development at the Viewhill Farm site is now in the amended planning stage. We continue to be totally opposed to this development which sits just 400+ meters from the Culloden Battlefield Enclosure and is where the last pitched battle on British soil took place.
Highland Council: Viewhill Housing Application Deferred. . . January 30, 2018 Highland Council’s South Planning Applications Committee has deferred a decision on a planning application by Kirkwood Homes Ltd for 16 new homes at the site of Viewhill, Inverness. The site is within the boundary of the Culloden (Battlefield) Conservation Area and Historic Scotland’s Inventory of Historic Battlefields. Members of the Committee approved a motion by Councillor Andrew Jarvie and seconded by Councillor Carolyn Caddick (both Inverness South Ward Members) to: “….defer the application for houses to give the developer an opportunity to revisit the finishes and the house designs to better reflect the Highland context and conservation area, in particular with regard to the use of external materials; proportions of the roofs to walls and external details.” click on the headline link, above, to read full statement.
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 what is in their own Inventory of Historic Battlefields. Records indicate that in 2003 and 2005 the farmer who owned the land was DENIED permission to build ONE house!
The Inventory of Historic Battlefields – Battle of Culloden The Inventory boundary defines the area in which the main events of the battle are considered to have taken place (landscape context) and where associated physical remains and archaeological evidence occur or maybe expected (specific qualities).
This is Bannockburn Battlefield where housing estates have encroached. This is one of the saddest, most visible examples of what could happen at Culloden!
Scotland: Inventory of Historic Battlefields 2016 The purpose of the inventory is to identify sites of national importance and provide information about them. When a battlefield is included on the inventory it becomes a material consideration in the planning process. This means that it has to be taken into account when deciding planning applications.
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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