Councillors refuse affordable housing development in Portree

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Highland councillors have refused planning permission to an affordable housing development in Portree after a site visit.

Members of the North Planning Application committee travelled to Dunvegan Park to look at an area south-west of 4 Wood Park where Highland Council was proposing to build a mix of units including two blocks of four flats, six three bed semi-detached and one detached four bed home.

The application prompted several objections from neighbours about loss of privacy and amenity, particularly from the adjacent Amfasgadh drop-in centre for Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association.

The association raised concerns that the loss of privacy and seclusion might make users more reluctant to attend the facility.

Concerns were also raised about the impact on and management of peatland on the site.

Planning officers had recommended the proposal for approval subject to a number of conditions.

After their visit, the seven councillors present from the planning committee adjourned to Portree High School to determine the application, and unanimously overturned it on Thursday.

Councillor Craig Fraser said: “It is clearly the wrong application for the site.

“Every neighbour around the site was against it.

“They accept the idea of development there of some kind, but this was the wrong one.”