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Decision looms on controversial plans for £3m holiday retreat in the Highlands


By Val Sweeney

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The derelict steading at Ladystone.
The derelict steading at Ladystone.

Controversial plans for a £3 million rural holiday retreat to the west of Inverness will be considered again tomorrow by Highland councillors.

The proposed venture – Blackstone Retreat – involves converting dilapidated agricultural buildings at Ladystone Steading above Bunchrew into 10 short-term holiday units.

The south planning applications committee deferred a decision last month to enable more information, including photographs, to be gathered.

Planning officers have recommended the project be approved in principle subject to a range of conditions.

Objectors have voiced concerns about increased traffic along the proposed access via Leachkin Brae, a narrow steep single track road with no footway and limited passing opportunities, plus a historic drove road.

Applicant Christy Marshall says the project will bring economic benefits to the area including construction and permanent jobs.

Related story: Decision deferred on controversial plans for £3m holiday retreat


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