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Housing plan for Drumnadrochit gets rejected after local councillors vetoed the proposals amid concerns about over-development and the sheer size of the buildings

By Scott Maclennan

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The Scotmid site in Drumnadrochit which was earmarked for the new housing.
The Scotmid site in Drumnadrochit which was earmarked for the new housing.

A NORTH provider of affordable housing is now reviewing its options after a bid to redevelop the former takeaway and Scotmid site in Drumnadrochit was unanimously rejected by Highland Council.

The Highland Housing Alliance (HHA) wanted to build 15 affordable homes but the height and mass of the plans triggered five objections, including from Glen Urquhart Community Council.

Despite a lengthy consultation with the local community, a viable compromise could not be found and HHA forged on with its plans to recoup its investment.

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

Councillor 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.”

HHA chief executive Gail Mathieson said: “We are deeply disappointed that our application has been refused by the planning committee, particularly when it was recommended for approval by officers.

“Our proposals were carefully and thoughtfully designed in consultation with key stakeholders to deliver a best-in-class development.”

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