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THIS WEBLOG page will allow you to follow the progress of saving Castle Cluggy. We like to keep things fresh, so here is what has been going on recently.

10 May 2021ECOLOGY SURVEY

FOLLOWING feedback on the planning application from Perth & Kinross Council's Tree and Biodiversity Officer, a fee proposal for professional ecological consultancy services has been received for the following: bat activity survey of the castle structure; bat activity surveys of three trees; bat hibernation assessment; barn owl survey.

26 April 2021PERIODIC REVIEW

TRUSTEES reviewed a copy of the response from Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust and from the Tree and Biodiversity Officer to our recent planning application for Castle Cluggy. They are asking for a series of detailed biodiversity surveys and reports and are recommending that the planning application should not be considered further until these reports are all provided. We have pointed out that we cannot do bat hibernation surveys until the winter, and that it might be difficult to 'enhance' the biodiversity of this site given the preponderance of biodiversity already there. The detailed assessments being requested will go beyond the Preliminary Ecological Assessment (PEA), which was submitted to the planners, so we will need to know a cost for all the detailed survey reports now being required.

The case officer's response is extremely disappointing and hard to believe but it seems that we have no option other than to withdraw the current planning and LBC applications and possibly resubmit them in February 2022 to allow the bat hibernation surveys to be carried out. Sadly, the building's decline and deterioration has become noticeably more advanced. 

25 April 2021THE SCOTTISH BANNER

THE WORLD'S largest international Scottish newspaper has published an article on Castle Cluggy in May's North American and Australasian issues. The Scottish Banner is celebrating 45 Years of Publication 1976-2021 uniting Scots around the world.

21 April 2021JUST ARRIVED

THERE ARE 25 limited-edition prints of the castle painted in watercolours by Scottish artist Kimberley Smith [being sold at £25.00 each], blank greeting cards with cellophane wrap [£2.50 each], and unique Christmas cards featuring a wintry scene of the old tower by local photographer the Strathearn Snapper [£5.99 per pack of 10], as well as copies of the limited-edition book for £9.99. All proceeds from the sale of these items will be going to the Castle Cluggy Charitable Trust. 

06 April 2021RESCUE BID BEGINS FOR RUINED CASTLE

THE PERTHSHIRE ADVERTISER, the Strathearn Herald's sister newspaper, today featured an artcicle entitled: "Rescue bid begins for ruined fortified Perthshire castle - with plans at Perth and Kinross Council, a charity is sharing its ambitious ideas to see little-known Castle Cluggy restored".

01 April 2021CASTLE CLUGGY RESCUE MISSION BEGINS

THE STRATHEARN HERALD, Strathearn's longest-running and most loved newspaper [established 1856], today featured a centre spread story on pages 14-15 entitled: "Castle Cluggy rescue mission begins". 

29 March 2021APPLICATION FOR LISTED BUILDING CONSENT

THE PLANNING (LISTED BUILDING CONSENT AND CONSERVATION AREA CONSENT PROCEDURE) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2015

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that application has been made to PERTH AND KINROSS COUNCIL as Planning Authority for: Alterations at Castle Cluggy, Loch Monzievaird, Ochtertyre, Crieff. Application Reference 21/00287/LBC. Details and plans submitted may be inspected online at www.pkc.gov.uk using the Planning application reference as above. Internet access may be available for viewing applications at local libraries. In the case of any special circumstances please contact 01738 475000 for further assistance.

Any person wishing to make representations about the application should do so in writing by emailing Developmentmanagement@pkc.gov.uk or by writing to the address as above within 21 days of the date of the publication of this notice.

The date of publication of this Notice is 29th March 2021.

David Littlejohn - Head of Planning & Development

APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION

AN APPLICATION for planning permission  has been made to PERTH AND KINROSS COUNCIL as Planning Authority for: Alterations to ruinous building, formation of viewing platform and landscaping, alterations and extension to path, installation of railings and associated works at Castle Cluggy, Loch Monzievaird, Ochtertyre, Crieff. Application Reference No: 21/00426/FLL. Received: Wednesday 17th March 2021. Validated: Wednesday 17th March 2021. Status: Awaiting decision.

16 March 2021SCOTLAND LOCKDOWN

SCOTLAND'S FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon has announced ‘stay at home’ order will be lifted on Friday 2nd April and replaced with “stay local” guidance, as she unveiled a roadmap out of lockdown. In a statement to the Scottish parliament, she said the government also intends to reopen the hospitality sector outdoors for groups of six from Monday 26th April - alongside a 10:00 p.m. curfew - dependent on progress, including the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, but insisted: “Brighter days are indeed ahead of us.”

10 March 2021FEASIBILITY COSTS

TRUSTEES have received the report on the feasibilty costs for the conservation and landscape works at Castle Cluggy. The quantity surveyor has identified the landscape costs separate from the castle consolidation for clarity. Once trustees have had a chance to review the report, we will be discussing with the quantity surveyor and the architect details of the cost and the way forward.

28 February 2021GLENTURRET WHISKY

WE HAVE BEEN patiently waiting to approve The Glenturret Distillery's label design for our exclusive new 'Castle Cluggy' limited edition single malt Scotch whisky which was waiting to be launched before the global pandemic struck. The Glenturret team has been through a very tough period recently and all focus has been on the well-being of staff and customers, but they have managed to produce a limited edition bottlling with a generous donation from the proceeds going to the charity and we will have a revised timeline soon.

19 February 2021PLANNING APPLICATION DRAWINGS

AN APPLICATION for Listed Building Consent has been submitted today alongside the drawings from Brindley Associates, the tree survey report, and the ecology report.

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