Braes of Conon phase 5A

Planning permission has now been granted to Tulloch Homes for phase 5A of the Braes of Conon development. This application is a modification of previously granted planning permission. The 29 properties in this phase will now be affordable housing of 2-3 bedroom properties and one five bedroom property. Tulloch Homes are responsible for the design and build of these houses and on completion they will be handed over to Highland Council and Albyn Housing Society. The completion of phase 5A will account for the 25% of affordable housing units required to be built within the whole development. A play area and kick pitch open area were included in the phase 5A application. Maintenance of this facility is the responsibility of a private factor who is also responsible for the maintenance of all common areas within the development. It is anticipated that the houses will be ready for occupation by May 2018.


Braes of Conon phase 4C

Planning permission has also been granted to Tulloch Homes for 79 homes at phase 4C of the Braes of Conon development. This further development will be a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses.


Land to the North of Sellar Place

Planning permission has been granted to Albyn Housing Society for the erection of 28 houses/flats on land to the North of Sellar Place. Site mobilisation commenced during May 2017.


Retail units beside the Co-op

Planning permission has been granted to the developer, West Coast Estates, for change of use from Class 1 Retail to Class 3 Retail for units 2 and 3 on Elder Lane. This will allow the units to be marketed as fast food outlets.

All of these planning applications are available to view on The Highland Council website at www.highland.gov.uk


But what’s missing?

There’s nothing about how the school will cope with the increase in the school roll, there’s nothing about an upgrade to the limited facilities at the Leanaig Community Centre and there’s nothing about improvements to the junction of the B9163 and the A835 to accommodate the increased traffic flow. That’s because we’re not aware of any proposals and there has been no indication that any proposals are imminent. We hope that our village will not be developed in the same way as Milton of Leys in Inverness where the school was over-crowded almost as soon as it had been built and only now are discussions ongoing about amenities for the residents. Time to call a halt on further development in Conon Bridge? Send us an email with the heading ‘Planning’ to cononcommunitycouncil@gmail.com with your thoughts on the matter.  


Proposed Housing Development

On 24 April 2015, the Community Council was advised by Highland Council that Highland Property Group Ltd, through their Agent, Wilson+Gunn Architects, had submitted a Full Planning Application for the erection of 72 residential units comprising flats, terraced, semi detached and detached houses (including 18 affordable), 3 commercial units comprising GP surgery, retail unit, hot food outlet and 2 community heating plants at the site of the former fish processing factory at High Street, Conon Bridge. The reference number of this application is 15/01202/FUL and further details of the application and supporting documentation can be viewed on The Highland Council website at www.highland.gov.uk/info/180/planningtes/143/planning_permission/6

This planning application follows on from an exhibition that was held in the Leanaig Centre at Ben Wyvis Primary School on Wednesday 14 January 2015 to provide details of the proposed development. We hope you took that opportunity to express your views on the proposed development to the developers.

Your Community Council has submitted its comments on the proposed development to The Highland Council Planning Authority and we believe that our comments are representative of the community at large.

The closing date for making comments on the developer proposal has now passed. Details of the progress of the planning application will be given on this webpage as they are made available to us or you can follow the progress on The Highland Council website address given above.


Planning Application 14/0016/FUL - Land to North East of Glenview, High Street, Conon Bridge

At its meeting on 25 March 2015, your Community Council considered the referenced application for the erection of 3 houses in Riverbank Road. The history of this application was discussed but it was considered that no objection from the Community Council should be raised. 

At it's meeting on 04 August 2015, The Highland Council North Area Planning Applications Committee voted 10-6 in favour of the application. This was in spite of The Highland Council and SEPA opposing the application. To read more about the planning decision, click on North Star to open the link to their newspaper article.

Based on the opposition to the application from The Highland Council and SEPA, the application was called-in by the Scottish Government Reporter who overturned the decision of the North Area Planning Applications Committee.

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