Highland councillors have refused plans for a multimillion-pound brewery in Inverness.
The owners of the Glen Mhor Hotel on the banks of the River Ness, want to create the glass-fronted brewery, restaurant and visitor centre at their premises.
Hotel owners Jon and Victoria Erasmus previously described the project as one of the “most ambitious in the city centre”.
Councillors at the south planning applications committee visited the site of the proposed brewery earlier this morning after concerns were raised about parking and traffic, in particular the impact of increased deliveries and visitors.
Members voiced their own fears about parking and road safety. They were also concerned that the applicants had failed to provide more information about deliveries and biomass arrangements to planners.
Despite a proposal from Councillor Allan Duffy to defer, the committee refused the application on the grounds that parking was inadequate and the development incompatible with the local roads.
The brewery is proposed for a narrow site between buildings on the hotel complex.
It sits just across the River Ness from the council’s headquarters in Glenurquhart Road.
The council received four representations about the plans, raising issues such as potential noise and odour nuisance from the brewery and the impact on local roads.
Others felt it would spoil views of the river.