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Loch Ness-side castle's historic boathouses to be restored

By Ian Duncan

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Aldourie Castle where boathouses set for restoration.
Aldourie Castle where boathouses set for restoration.

PERMISSION has been granted for the reinstatement of two lost historic boathouses on Aldourie Castle Estate, on the banks of Loch Ness.

A planning application seeking listed building consent had been submitted to Highland Council for permission to carry out the work on the original plinths.

The castle is owned by Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen and the boathouses were part of an expansion of the castle undertaken in the 19th century.

The decision is subject to a number of conditions including that all work, materials and finishes should follow approved drawings and any internal or external work should match the original materials and finishes.

The notice states that this is “in order to safeguard the character and qualities of the listed building and designed landscape”.

In addition any details, such as of the colour and finish to corrugated roof-cladding, should be approved in writing by the planning authority prior to the start of the development.

The council granted permission because it believed the work would not “adversely affect the building’s character as a building of special architectural or historic interest”.

However, while listed building consent has been granted the applicant will also need planning permission before any work can start.

The report adds: “You are advised that work on site must stop immediately, and NatureScot must be contacted, if evidence of any protected species or nesting/breeding sites, not previously detected during the course of the application and provided for in this permission, are found on site.”

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