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Village ‘does not need housing’ as Croy and Culloden Community Council objects to land at Croy Mains being allocated for homes in the current review of the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan (IMFLDP)


By Donald Wilson


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Croy and Culloden Community Council is objecting to land at Croy Mains being allocated for housing.
Croy and Culloden Community Council is objecting to land at Croy Mains being allocated for housing.

Croy and Culloden Community Council is objecting to land at Croy Mains being allocated for housing in the current review of the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan (IMFLDP).

Members agreed at a recent meeting to register their objection to the proposal on the grounds that surrounding roads and the local primary school are unable to cope with any such development.

Chairman Bruce Strachan said: “Croy does not need more housing.

“Our school is already full to capacity and we are losing the playground to accommodate portable classrooms to take pupils from Tornagrain and the new Scotia housing.”

The community council has been told that it could now be 2030 before a new primary school is provided at Tornagrain despite people buying houses at the planned development having been told a school would initially be built by 2024 according to Highland councillor Trish Robertson.

“Tornagrain is at a size now (250 houses) where it needs a school and there’s no real definition of when it’s going to be provided – and there are financial issues for the council to address,” she said at the meeting.

The site now being allocated for houses in the revised IMFLDP is north west of the current school and a recent development of 100 houses by Scotia Homes.

“I would be interested to know why this has been put in the plan when it was not in the previous draft,” Mr Strachan said.

“Unfortunately,” he added, “the most profitable crop for farmers is houses.

“I’m not against more housing. But what happens when they are built? The school and roads cannot cope.”

Citing lack of infrastructure as a major issue Mr Strachan said all the people at the fast developing Milton of Leys district in Inverness had for 10 years been a post box and local Highland councillors had been arguing about the lack of facilities at Culloden for many years.


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