Stella McCartney's Highland house plans trigger objections 

The Highland Council has received over 50 objections to the plans.

A planning application from Stella McCartney for a new modern build in the Highlands has sparked objections.

The plans, for the Lochailort area, state that a “simple materials palette” is proposed for the building.

The application states that McCartney, and husband Alasdhair Willis, wish to retain the “wild nature of the site”.

“No formal landscaping is proposed, with the intention being that all growth around the house would remain natural and wild,” the application states.

However, the Highland Council has received over 50 objections to the plans.

Many of the concerns raised come from the fact the building will affect the landscape of Roshven Bay, as well as not fitting in with the surrounding homes.

Neighbour Randald Macpherson said locals also had concerns about vehicular access to nearby homes.

“We have read the comments already recorded and agree with the objectors, whom we note are numerous,” he said.

“One specific point is that the proposal seems to suggest that the access to the public road is along the private drive leading to our property and that of our neighbour. This is incorrect.

“There is no vehicular access from the road junction there and the track that leads to Commando Rock. Even if construction of such access were possible (which I doubt given the burn that runs there), the owners would not be likely to grant permission of any nature”.

Dr Peter and Mrs Jean Langhorne, who also live in the area, also raised concerns with the council saying: “I would like to lodge my objection to the size and design and the siting of the proposed building on this prominent position above Roshven Bay.

“We live on the west side of this beautiful unspoiled bay and enjoy the beach on a daily basis, as do many other residents and visitors to Roshven.

“My main objection is the plan to build a large elongated building, with an ancillary wing in a conspicuous position overlooking the beach.

The complaint also voiced concerns regarding plans to remove a mature Scots pine tree on the site.

“I do not oppose (in principle) a modest, sympathetically designed house on that site. This proposal does not meet those criteria,” they added.

Additionally, Grant Stuart of the Highland Council forestry team, issued a “holding objection” to the plans after reviewing them.

“The applicant will need to give further consideration to the design layout to ensure existing
trees on site are fully safeguarded and confirms how they would be protected from
construction,” the consultation response reads.

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