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7th May 2020

This a recent letter to Highland Coucillors re gift of land to Auchtertyre school from Lochalsh Estates

Dear Councillors,

Hope you are well.

Lochalsh Estates, as developer, has committed to transferring an area of land adjacent to the west of Auchtertyre PS to The Highland Council at nil value in part compensation for their proposed development of a local housing area adjacent to the school. The area of land to be transferred is indicated on the attached marked up drawings outlined in Red (Area 1 and Area 2).

The commitment has been made through discussions coordinated by Planning on the PIP application currently being progressed. The commitment by Lochalsh Estates is not dependent upon any decision on the PIP or on any subsequent application to Planning. In addition to the land transfer, there are further compensatory actions that the developer will be required to undertake should they proceed with their proposal. These are identified in the PIP. The Planning reference is 19/01443/PIP.

ECS is content with the proposal for the future of the school.

Members approval is sought for the land acquisition.

For your convenience, should I not hear from you by 14tht May 2020  I will assume you are satisfied with the proposal and instruct the legal department to formalise the transaction.  

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss the matter please do not hesitate to contact.

Kind Regards

Ricky Cheng | Estates | Highland Council Headquarters



Please see below our Statutury Consultee comments. This has been posted on the Planning application on Highland Council website.

Response from Statutory Consultee – Lochalsh Community Council

We would refer to our previous submission dated 30/4/2019, which is listed as an Objection Comment in the application documents online.
We see only minor and peripheral changes in the revised master plan and, therefore our position remains the same in that we must continue to register our objection to this scheme as it stands.
We also now have have further concerns about the circumstances of this PIP submission which adds to our current opposition to the scheme viz;-
The applicant contacted Lochalsh Community Council on 17th January 2020 wishing to present the revised scheme to the community. We suggested that to enable proper consultation with all interested parties, they should arrange a suitable location and time which we would support and advertise. Despite repeated calls from our secretary no such arrangements were finalised in the ensuing couple of months and then it became impossible to hold such a presentation/consultation due to COVID-19. Nevertheless, the applicant proceeded with the PIP submission. We believe this to be an unacceptable process, and quite callous in the current pandemic circumstances and has not allowed for adequate consultation with local residents and the primary school and parents.
We would recommend that PIP is refused until further consultation can take place.


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