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Loch Ness holiday park seeking to more than double cabin numbers

By Philip Murray

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A holiday park overlooking Loch Ness is seeking to more than double the number of cabins on its site in a bid to make it a "far more successful and profitable business".

McTaggart Properties Ltd is seeking planning permission from Highland Council to erect six holiday cabins at the Lodges on Loch Ness holiday park near Foyers.

There are currently five cabins on the site, but only two are operated by the park owners, and they hope the addition of six will help to boost their holiday let revenues.

A supporting statement lodged alongside the planning application said: "The current holiday park is not operating at optimal efficiency, with the business having to run only two units in a large area.

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"The potential space is there to properly diversify the available units, both developing this into a far more successful and profitable business, and providing far more choice for tourists in an area already under high demand."

The new cabins would be a mix of one, two and five bedroom properties, to provide added variety to the existing two three-bedroom units.

The applicant adds that existing areas of the park which were in the past cleared and levelled for other cabins ave never been erected, so there would be space for the new units.

"The holiday park lies within 4.4 hectares of woodland with various existing areas cleared for access, parking, siting cabins and maintaining views," continued the statement.

They added: "The entire site lies on ground that generally slopes down towards Loch Ness, offering fantastic views."

There is existing foul and surface water drainage in place for the entire park, the applicant notes.

Documents also stress that "there are no proposed changes to either site access point, and all existing access tracks will be retained and upgraded where necessary" and add that "care will be made to retain existing trees as much as possible" when erecting the new cabins.

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