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