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A planning application from Lochaber Housing Association for permission to build 18 affordable new homes to the rear of Glenkingie Terrace, Glenkingie Street and Kilmallie Road in Caol has been refused by Highland Council.
At the local authority’s planning committee on Tuesday, Caol and Mallaig member Ben Thompson asked that the application – which was recommended for approval by planning officials – be refused and received unanimous support from other committee members, including the other Lochaber councillors present.
Councillor Thompson later told The Lochaber Times: ‘This was not an easy decision as there is a huge waiting list for Caol housing. However, I think the 18 new properties, including three-story flats, was shoehorning too much into far too small a space.
‘The impact on existing resident parking and green space was too great in my opinion. Local residents, especially Kilmallie Road and Glenkingie Terrace, were losing out too much from the proposal.’
One local person commented: ‘I’m so happy with this, I appreciate that more housing is needed but the population of Caol is already too big for the space and amenities it has to offer. Thank you Ben, I think this is the right decision.’