Proposals by a Strathpeffer group to create a children’s play park, bike track, zip wire and other amenities have stumbled into objections from nearby residents.
Sthrathpeffer Residents Association’s planning application has prompted 12 objections from residents of Ord Terrace, whose street is adjacent to part of the proposed site, in an existing area of public space.
The potential scheme includes the installation of footpaths, a raised bed for planting wildflowers and a shelter and equipment shed.
Some residents argue that the size, design and location of the shed are inappropriate, and are more urban/industrial than residential.
They say parking for residents will suffer, especially during the construction phase when contractors’ vehicles will further impact upon the situation.
Noise and environmental impact are also cited as an objection by Ord Terrace residents, along with a demand for clarity about what is to be grown in the raised beds.
They have also demanded clarity over refuse collection from the area and believe the proposed drainage works will be long-term and disruptive.
The council’s flood risk management team have raised no objection to the proposals, subject to certain conditions.
In their report, planning officers say it is ‘regrettable that there is some disagreement within the community’.
The acknowledged the disruption during construction, but added their belief that the proposals will provide visual improvements and encourage greater active use of the area, to the benefit of the wider community.
The proposal will be decided at tomorrow’s Highland Council north planning committee.