Caol council pledge over controversial Glenkingie housing project

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Caol Community Council chairman John Gillespie says the body will continue to represent the views of local residents as the controversial Glenkingie Terrace housing development progresses.

Lochaber Housing Association (LHA) has previously said it does not intend to progress its proposed 18-home new development at Glenkingie Terrace until it has reviewed the findings in a statement last year by the Scottish Government Reporter concerning the controversial project.

The Lochaber Times reported last year on the decision by Reporter Trevor Croft to uphold the LHA’s appeal against the refusal of its planning application by Highland Council planning committee.

LHA has previously proposed having further consultation with the community council and the wider community to discuss future development at the site.

Giving the annual chairperson’s address at Caol Community Council AGM recently, Mr Gillespie said the community council had been pleased to see that the planning application had originally been declined by Highland Council, as this was the majority view which those in the community put forward.

‘It was good to see the many comments/objections put into the planning application and this shows the benefit from community engagement in the process,’ he added.

‘We were, however, very disappointed that the application was then referred to the Government Reporter, and even more disappointed that he then decided that the development should go ahead, despite the many objections.’

And Mr Gillespie pledged: ‘As a community council we will continue to represent the views of the surrounding residents, and the whole community, and ensure these are represented as this development comes back to the fore.’