Plockton site visit rescheduled

A site visit by councillors considering a planning application submitted by the Plockton Free Church congregation was cancelled this week.

Members of Highland Council’s north planning applications committee were due to visit the village on Monday to consider an application to build a two-and-a-half-storey building, divided into two flats, on Innes Street between the old Free Church and manse.

However, the visit was cancelled because not all the objectors to the plans had been notified. Councillors are now due to visit the site on Monday 14th July and the planning meeting may be held afterwards in the village, a spokesperson for the local authority said.

The Innes Street plot was retained by the Plockton and Kyle Free Church congregation following the sale of the church in 1995 and is currently leased as gardens to the neighbouring properties, which have themselves been converted into residential accommodation.

Plockton’s Free Church congregation are seeking to develop the land after last year purchasing the village’s Church of Scotland – which has housed their services for around 30 years – for £90,000.

The application has attracted 48 objections from 38 households – both in the village and without – citing the loss of rare green space in Plockton, increased pressure on parking spaces and concerns that the new build would block daylight from neighbouring properties.