Public consultations over Leanachan Forest eco-cabins plan

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Two public consultation events that aim to explain and showcase a £12 million proposal for 50 eco sensitive holiday cabins at Leanachan Forest, near Fort William, are being held next week.

The proposed cabin location by Forest Holidays – part of Forestry and Land Scotland’s 20-year, £25million Nevis Forest Master Plan – is intended to supplement and complement the existing holiday offer in the area and increase the economic contribution that the forest makes to the visitor economy.

Bruce McKendrick, Chief Executive of Forest Holidays, said the Nevis area is ‘truly stunning’ and the company knows this location will appeal to its customers.

‘Forestry and Land Scotland’s Nevis Forest Master Plan has huge potential to increase the numbers of visitors to the area and encourage them to stay longer,’ added Mr McKendrick.

‘We work closely with the communities around our locations to complement the existing tourism offer. Our experience from our 10 locations demonstrates the hugely positive impact we make on local businesses, attractions and accommodation providers.

‘Insights show that there will be a demand for more – and more varied – accommodation in the Nevis region and our proposal intends to help meet that demand and play a part in maximising the area’s economic potential.’

Anyone looking to find out more about the proposals and the Nevis Forest Masterplan can meet members of the project team from Forest Holidays and Forestry and Land Scotland either at The Alexandra Hotel in Fort William on Tuesday, July 16, from 3 – 7 pm  and then at the Lochaber Rural Education Trust, An Clachan, Lochaber Rural Complex, Torlundy, on Wednesday, July 17, from 10 – 12 am.

David Jardine, West Region Manager for Forestry and Land Scotland, commented: ‘The Nevis Forest Masterplan – a big idea for a big location – intends to make a positive step-change for Lochaber and create a ‘world-class destination’ from which all the attractions of Fort William and wider Lochaber region can be explored.

‘It’s been around five years since the Masterplan came together and this proposal is the first element to arrive in the real world from off the drawing board.

‘We’ve enjoyed wide-spread support for the Masterplan but after five years, we are looking forward to meeting and speaking with a wide range of local stakeholders to answer their questions and rekindle the enthusiasm that has helped get us to this stage in the process.’

Forest Holidays, which operates 10 eco-cabin sites across the UK, aims to finalise a full planning application for submission to the Highland Council planners later this year.

Other elements that will follow in later years, through other partnerships, could include a proposed hotel development, a camping/glamping offer, event parking and improvements in recreation and connectivity.

 

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