Green light for Highland tourism project

SAVILLS has confirmed that its planning team in Scotland has secured planning permission in principle from Highland councillors for ‘high quality’ woodland holiday accommodation at Beaufort Castle Estate near Kiltarlity.

Submitted on behalf of Gloag Investments, the proposals include accommodation for glamping and up to 50 holiday accommodation units on land above the River Beauly. The plans also comprise a small cluster of buildings arranged around a courtyard that will house a cafe, retail and wash house.

Savills planner Angus Dodds said, “We are delighted to have finally achieved planning in principle approval for this exciting Highland tourism project. It will ultimately enable a welcome expansion of visitor choice in the local area, creating local jobs and helping to encourage tourists to venture beyond Inverness.”

Architects 3DReid said the site aims to incorporate the qualities set out in the Scottish Government’s designing places policy, with ‘distinctive, adaptable, safe and resource-efficient’ architecture.

Angus Dodds added, “The proposals were informed by public consultation with the community in Kiltarlity to ensure the project takes account of the site’s sensitivities and the ideas of local people.  The next stage will be working up more detail for the scheme, and showing how it can be sensitively accommodated within its wider woodland setting, in line with creative and insightful contributions from the professional team.”

The professional team comprises: Savills Planning; 3DReid; Treeline Forestry; Fairhurst; Rowan Tree Consulting; Atmos Consulting and Brodies.