PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT RELATING TO THE MANUFACTURE AND
STORAGE OF PRODUCTS FOR THE OFFSHORE RENEWABLES MARKET AT
NIGG ENERGY PARK
Planning Permission was recently granted for the erection of an associated new blast and paint workshop as an extension to Shop 7, together with nearby open storage areas for raw materials and finished renewables products. This follows the Permissions granted for the extension to Shop 4, the erection of new outfitting warehouse and paint store in November 2017, and canteen and office accommodation in September 2017.
Consulting Engineers, Fairhurst, are in the process of completing the detailed designs for the buildings and obtaining Building Warrants to allow building to commence on site.
A new purpose built workshop has recently been completed for Invergordon Tyre Services Ltd at Inverbreakie Industrial Estate, Invergordon. Having determined our client's requirements, we subsequently obtained planning and building warrant approvals for the workshop and undertook the project management through to completion. We wish our client every success in their new premises.
REVIEW WON - AGRI-BUSINESS DEPOT, KILDUN, DINGWALL
We submitted a planning application on behalf of our clients, HRN Tractors Ltd, for the erection of a building for agricultural repairs, servicing and sales at Kildun Farm, Dingwall. The site is 1km from Dingwall Town centre.
The application was refused by The Highland Council on the grounds that the proposal was contrary to Policy 61, Landscape in the Highland-wide Local Development Plan which requires new development to reflect the landscape characteristics of the area in which they are proposed. The application was also deemed to be contrary to policies 28 and 29 and policies 41 and 65.
A Statement of Review was prepared by us in which we demonstrated that the proposal would not have a significant adverse visual impact on its setting or on local landscape character; that there are currently no suitable alternative sites allocated within Dingwall or within 10/15 miles of the town and that the locational and operational requirements of the proposed development do not fit with a traditional business or industrial estate. In light of the above, we were of the view that the proposal is compliant with the Local Development Plan. This view was supported by the Review Body which agreed to grant planning permission, subject to appropriate conditions.
APPEAL WON - DWELLING HOUSE, ONICH - OCTOBER 2016
A planning application for the erection of a dwelling house at land 40 metres east of Pierhead, Onich had been refused planning consent by The Highland Council in April 2016. The application had been submitted by an architectural practice and, upon receipt of the refusal, the practice contacted us and asked us to prepare an appeal on their client's behalf.
The planning application had been turned down as the Highland Council had considered the site to be over-engineered, inappropriately located and would have a negative impact on the natural environment and amenity of the Glencoe and Ben Nevis Natural Scenic Area. The Council also believed the site had inadequate visibility and was therefore considered to be a road safety hazard, consequently being contrary to Policies 28 and 56 of the Highland-wide Local Development Plan.
An appeal was prepared by us and submitted to the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals.
Our case explained the merits of the proposal, in particular the suitability of the site in design terms and its compatibility with the settlement form; that in light of policy which discouraged development across the landward area, priority should be given to accommodating housing in existing communities; and that the proposal was compliant with sustainable development objectives. In relation to the reasons for refusal - impact on scenery and public safety - our case explained that the proposal was in accord with safeguarding the National Scenic Area and the local character and heritage; and that the arrangements for access were acceptable and in the interests of public safety. The case was upheld by the Reporter, Danny Onn and planning permission was given subject to conditions.