Agendas, reports and minutes

North Planning Applications Committee

Date: Tuesday, 21 February 2017

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A meeting of the North Planning Applications Committee which will take place in the Council Chamber, Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 at 10.30 am.

You are invited to attend and a note of the business to be considered is attached.

Webcast Notice: This meeting will be filmed and broadcast over the Internet on the Highland Council website and will be archived and available for viewing for 12 months thereafter.

Members are reminded that during determination of any item before this Committee they must be present throughout the whole of that item in order to be entitled to participate.

Members are further reminded that mobile devices, including mobile phones, can be used for following the agenda/reports and delivering speeches but should not be used for any form of communication (text or tweet) during the meeting.

Yours faithfully

Karen Lyons, Principal Solicitor – Planning
(for Depute Chief Executive/Director of Corporate Development)

1.  Apologies for Absence

2.  Declarations of Interest
Foillseachaidhean Com-pàirt

Members are asked to consider whether they have an interest to declare in relation to any item on the agenda for this meeting. Any Member making a declaration of interest should indicate whether it is a financial or non-financial interest and include some information on the nature of the interest. Advice may be sought from officers prior to the meeting taking place.

3.  Confirmation of Minutes
Dearbhadh a’ Gheàrr-chunntais

There are submitted for confirmation as a correct record the Minutes of Meeting of the North Planning Applications Committee held on 6 January 2017.

4.  Major Applications
Iarrtasan Mòra

There is circulated Report No PLN/008/17 (Plans pp 1 – 3) by the Head of Planning and Building Standards, which provides an update on progress of all cases within the ‘Major’ development category currently with the Planning and Development Service for determination and identifies those proposed applications which have Proposal of Application Notice (PAN). The report also details progress on proposals submitted under S36 or S37 of the Electricity Act 1989 on which the Council is consulted.

The Committee is invited to note the current position with these applications.

5.  Major Developments – Pre-application consultation
Leasachaidhean Mòra – Co-chomhairle Ro-iarrtais

5.1  Description: Demolition of existing secondary school and community centre, along with former janitor’s and head teacher’s houses, construction of new nursery, primary, secondary and community campus facility to contain sports and library facilities, along with associated parking and drop off, creation of external landscape to suit school and community usage, including floodlit synthetic grass pitch (16/05666/PAN) (PLN/009/17)
Ward:  8
Applicant: The Highland Council Care and Learning, per The Highland Council Design Consultancy Services
Site Address:  Land 190 m SW of Ambulance Station, Victoria Road, Tain    

6.  Continued Items
Cuspairean a' Leantain

6.1 Applicant: Infinergy Ltd (16/02752/S36) (PLN/010/17) (PLN/006/17)
Location: Limekilns Estate, Reay, Caithness (Ward 01)
Nature of Development: Erection of 24 wind turbines (Limekiln Wind Farm)
Recommendation: Conditioned Raise No Objection.

6.2 Applicant: Dounreay TRI Limited (16/04775/S36) (PLN/007/17)
Location:  Development site 6 km NW of Dounreay Nuclear Research Establishment, Dounreay (Ward )
Nature of Development: Construction of two offshore wind turbines on a single floating platform, each with an installed capacity of up to 6 MW (max rotor tip of  201 m and max hub height of 124 m above the lowest astronomical tide), installation of export cable and deemed planning permission for erection of onshore electricity substation.  
Recommendation: Raise no Objection.

6.3 Applicant: Mr Robert Finnie (16/04199/FUL) (PLN/011/17) (PLN/069/16)
Location: Torsealladh, Munro Park, Contin, Strathpeffer, IV14 9ES. (Ward 06)
Nature of Development: Change of use of land to domestic curtilage, erection of two garages and a garden shed (retrospective)
Recommendation: Grant.

7.  Planning Applications to be Detemined
Iarrtasan Dealbhaidh rin Dearbhadh

There are circulated Reports Nos PLN/012/17 – PLN/024/17 by the Area Planning Manager (North) which are as follows:-

7.1 Applicant: Paterson Estates (15/03033/FUL) (PLN/012/17)
Location: Land 90 m NW of Greenside Farmhouse, Courthill Road, Rosemarkie (Ward 10)
Nature of Development: Erection of 50 residential units including access road, associated parking areas and amenity space.
Recommendation: Grant.

7.2 Applicant: The Scott Family (16/02270/FUL) (PLN/013/17)
Location: Land 175 m South West of Balachraggan Cottage, Kildary (Ward 08)
Nature of Development: Formation of 9 house plots, new accesses onto old A9, installation of private sewage treatment systems and landscaping. 
Recommendation:  Grant.

7.3 Applicant: Mr Graeme Deas (16/02937/FUL) (PLN/014/17)
Location: Land 75 m SE of Graemar, 4 Crepighill, Skeabost Bridge, Isle of Skye. (Ward 11)
Nature of Development: Erection of house
Recommendation: Refuse.

7.4 Applicant: Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd (16/03869/FUL) (PLN/015/17)
Location: Land 320 m NE of Allt-an-Avaig, Kyleakin (Ward 11)
Nature of Development: The erection of a salmon feed manufacturing plant including an extension to the existing pier.
Recommendation: Grant.

7.5  Applicant: CTIL (16/04126/FUL) (PLN/016/17)
Location: Land 35 m NW of 1 Fyrish Court, Evanton. (Ward 07)
Nature of Development: Installation of 16 m telecommunications pole with associated equipment . 
Recommendation: Grant.  

7.6 Applicant: The Highland Council (16/04431/FUL) (PLN/017/17)
Location:  Land 340 m NW of Achnashellach Lodge, Strathcarron (Ward 06)
Nature of Development: Provision of a 6 km length of new, two lane, single carriageway road between Balnacra and the Lair railway bridge.
Recommendation: Grant.

7.7 Applicant: Royal Dornoch Golf Club per Halliday Fraser Munro (16/04758/FUL) (PLN/018/17)
Location: Land 210 m SW of Dornoch Health Centre, Shore Road, Dornoch (Ward 05)
Nature of Development: Erection of golf-pro shop (with ancillary office and staff accommodation), driving range bays, formation of driving range and tennis court, demolition of existing building and all ancillary parking, engineering and landscape works.
Recommendation: Grant.

7.8 Applicant: Major J Whitelaw (16/04777/FUL) (PLN/019/17)
Location: Land to South of Cul Mor, Jamestown, Strathpeffer (Ward 06)
Nature of Development: Formation of two serviced house plots (renewal of planning permission 13/01882/FUL).
Recommendation: Grant.

7.9 Applicant: Mrs Claire Munro (16/04778/FUL) (PLN/020/17)
Location: 8B Castle Street, Dornoch (Ward 05)
Nature of Development: Replacement of 6 double glazed window units, replacement of wood/glazed front door with UPVC door and external repainting with change of colour.
Recommendation: Refuse.  

7.10 Applicant: EE UK Ltd (16/04803/FUL) (PLN/021/17)
Location: Land 105 m South of Misty, Auchtertyre, Balmacara (Ward 06)
Nature of Development: Erection of EE telecommunications apparatus; ancillary equipment cabinets, fenced compound.  
Recommendation: Grant.

7.11 Applicant: Ardross Investment Ltd (16/04804/FUL and 16/04805/LBC) (PLN/022/17)
Location: Ardross Mains, Ardross (Ward 07)
Nature of Development: Change of use and refurbishment of buildings to form distillery, workers’ housing, warehousing, offices and erection of tasting lodge building (planning permission) and alterations and refurbishment of buildings to form distillery, workers’ housing, warehousing and offices (listed building consent).
Recommendation: Grant.

7.12 Applicant: Lee-Mac Properties Ltd (16/05054/FUL) (PLN/023/17)
Location: Bank Buildings, Main Street, Golspie (Ward 05)
Nature of Development: Conversion of offices to domestic flats on two floors at first and second storey with entry at ground floor.
Recommendation: Grant.

7.13 Applicant: BT Openreach (16/05067/FUL) (PLN/024/17)
Location: Land 18 m North of Raasay Community Hall, Isle of Raasay (Ward 11)
Nature of Development: Proposed 16 m radio monopole with 2 x 0.6 m dishes and equipment cabinet.
Recommendation: Grant.

8.  Decisions of Appeals to the Scottish Government Directorate for Planning
and Environmental Appeals
Co-dhùnaidhean Ath-thagraidhean do Bhuidheann-stiùiridh Riaghaltas na h-Alba airson Ath-thagraidhean Dealbhaidh agus Àrainneachd

8.1 Applicant: Mr Magnus Henderson (13/04194/FUL) (PPA-270-2154)
Location: Hill of Lychrobbie, Dunbeath, Caithness, KW6 6EH.
Nature of Development: Erection of 3 turbines and associated infrastructure.

The Committee is invited to note that the appeal to the Director of Planning and Environmental Appeals has been allowed and planning permission granted subject to the conditions in the decision notice.