More than 200 object to Fort housing plan

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More than 200 objections to plans for as many as 325 new houses on land bordering the slopes of Cow Hill at Fort William were handed into Highland Council headquarters in Inverness this week.

Many residents of the nearby Upper Achintore area are  up in arms over Link Housing’s application for planning permission in principle.

There have been claims the proposed new houses have not been welcomed by local people, and there have been only two, poorly advertised, public consultations.

Residents Rhona Grant, Kevin and Janet Hickman, pictured here at the council’s Inverness offices, handed in  a total of 216 signed objections to the development.

Mr Hickman told us: ‘The 216 objectors are residents of Upper Achintore, locals and some visitors, who all think building the scheme on the slopes of Cow Hill is impractical, detrimental to the environment and flora and fauna of this area.

‘They are also unhappy about the possible flooding risks to those who live in the shadow of the proposed scheme.

‘All are generally in favour of building new houses but not on this site on the slopes of Cow Hill.’

The deadline for objections is today (Thursday March 28).