Drumsmittal Holiday Park

February 2023 update

The PAN (Proposal of Application) notice on Highland Council's ePlanning website shows it as having been received and validated on 29 April 2019.  A Decision is recorded on 4 June 2019 as CASE CLOSED.

June 2019   A preliminary proposal has been made to Highland Council for the development of a large holiday park, including a 100 bed hotel, holiday chalets, camping pods and caravan and tent pitches, on the site of the former Black Isle Wildlife park at Drumsmittal.

A report on the proposal in the Press & Journal of 4 June quotes local councillor Gordon Adam as feeling that  the early proposals represent over-development.

“The main thing is that a development of this nature should be in keeping with the Black Isle Tourism Team’s slow tourism strategy to encourage visitors to take their time, walk, cycle and linger in the beautiful area.  A 100-bed hotel would look odd, incongruous and out of character on that site."

A public consultation session was held in Munlochy Village Hall on Thursday 13 June, and Councillor Craig Fraser has requested that a similar event be held in North Kessock.  Display panels presented by the developer are available to view or download as a PDF file.

A feedback questionnaire was available at the consultation session, and can be downloaded here.  You can view a detailed response to this questionnaire submitted by TBI director Julian Paren.

This is what the developers say about public contribution to the design and planning process

"The applicant welcomes comments and feedback from the public on these outline proposals and the consultants will gather your views and thoughts.

"Comments and feedback should be made by 4th July 2019.  Please send them to RFA: 

via post:    RFA (Development Planning), Melford House, 3 Walker Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7JY
via email:  amelia@rickfincassociates.com

"Comments submitted do not constitute formal representations to The Highland Council. There will be an opportunity to make a formal representation when a planning application is submitted in due course."

(The 4 July deadline can probably be disregarded as the application is still at a very early stage.)

A copy of the preliminary application and a site plan can be downloaded from the 'Documents' tab of the relevant page on the Highland Council ePlanning website.



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