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Highland Housing Alliance appeals against Highland Council's refusal to grant planning permission to redevelop the former Scotmid site in Drumnadrochit amid fears of over-development

By Scott Maclennan

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The former Scotmid shop is now empty.
The former Scotmid shop is now empty.

The Highland Housing Alliance (HHA) has appealed a refusal of planning permission for a project to redevelop the former Scotmid site in Drumnadrochit.

It wanted to build 15 two-bedroom affordable flats over two and two-and-a-half storey buildings but Highland Council refused permission.

The height and mass of the plans triggered five objections, including from Glen Urquhart Community Council.

A lengthy consultation with the local community failed to find a viable compromise and HHA forged on with its plans to recoup its investment.

Planning officials recommended approval but amid concerns of over-development, local councillors David Fraser and Margaret Davidson pushed for refusal.

Cllr Davidson said she could not recall the last time she went against a proposal for affordable housing, saying: “We want a house and not a monolith.”

It could take several months for the appointed official reporter to investigate and draw conclusions about the project.

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