Agendas, reports and minutes

South Planning Applications Committee

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021

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A meeting of the South Planning Applications Committee will take place via MS Teams on Tuesday, 27 April 2021 at 9.30 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

Iain Meredith, Acting Principal Solicitor – Regulatory Services
(for Head of Corporate Governance)

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 the South Planning Applications Committee held on 9 March 2021.

4. Major Development Update 
 Iarrtasan Mòra

 There is circulated Report No PLS/021/21 by the Area Planning Manager - South, which provides a summary of all cases within the “Major” development category currently with the Planning and Development Service for determination.

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

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

Description: Reinforcement of 132kV substation, decommissioning and replacement of equipment, installation of three transformers with noise enclosures, associated platform extension, access, landscaping and ancillary works (21/00905/PAN) (PLS/022/21)
Ward: 12
Applicant: Scottish And Southern Electricity Networks.
Site Address: Beauly Substation, Wester Balblair, Beauly.

Description: Residential development comprising approximately 70 houses, associated landscaping and infrastructure (21/01166/PAN) (PLS/023/21)
Ward: 19
Applicant: Mrs Mary M Duncan
Site Address: Land 230M SW Of The Ranch, Inshes, Inverness.

Description: Mixed use development comprising: up to 800 houses; primary school / community campus, office and retail / commercial development; 9 hole golf course; woodland planting, amenity open space and associated infrastructure (21/01347/PAN) (PLS/024/21)
Ward: 19
Applicant: Kirkwood Homes
Site Address: Land 170M SW Of Magdalen, Druid Temple Road, Inverness  (Fairways Loch Ness Golf Course)
Description: Demolition of existing building and erection of Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, including retail unit at ground floor (21/01712/PAN) (PLS/025/21)
Ward: 14
Applicant: Bricks Group
Site Address: 122B Academy Street Inverness IV1 1LX

Description: Bhlaraidh Wind Farm Extension - Erection and Operation of a Wind Farm, comprising of 18 Wind Turbines with a maximum blade tip height 180m, access tracks, two temporary construction compounds, borrow pits, substation, and ancillary infrastructure (21/01826/PAN) (PLS/026/21)
Ward: 12
Applicant: SSE Renewables
Site Address: Glenmoriston Estate North Of Levishie, Invermoriston

6. Planning Applications to be Determined 
 Iarrtasan Dealbhaidh rin Dearbhadh

There are circulated Reports Nos PLS/027/21 to PLS/038/21 by the Area Planning Manager – South which are as follows:-

Applicant: Scottish Water (20/02401/FUL) (PLS/027/21)
Location: Wastewater Treatment Works, Ardersier. (Ward 17)
Nature of Development: Retrospective application to amend planning permission 10/02007/FUL (as amended by planning permission 13/04590/S42) to allow increased heights of the Picket Fence Thickener Tank and inlet works and installation of electrical substation.
Recommendation: Grant.
Applicant: The Highland Council (21/00100/FUL & 21/00103/LBC) (PLS/028/21)
Location: Inverness Castle, View Place, Inverness. (Ward 14)
Nature of Development: 21/00100/FUL - Change of use and alteration/refurbishment of former Sheriff Court and Offices (Class 4 & 10) to learning, interpretation, exhibition & venue space (Class 1, 4, 10, 11); internal alterations; erection of link building between South & North towers with cafe/retail space (Class 1 & 3); formation of roof terrace and lobby; landscaping works & alterations to the public realm
21/00103/LBC - Conversion and alteration/refurbishment of former Sheriff Court and Offices to learning, interpretation, exhibition & venue space; internal alterations; erection of link building between South & North towers with cafe/retail space; formation of roof terrace and lobby; landscaping works & alterations to the public realm.
Recommendation: Grant.
Applicant: Mr & Mrs Schulz (20/04779/FUL) (PLS/029/21)
Location: Cawdor Guest House, 7 Cawdor Street, Nairn, IV12 4QD. (Ward 18)
Nature of Development: Part Change of Use of Existing Guest House to form Cafe (Class3) (retrospective).
Recommendation: Grant.

Applicant: Mr Kaspars Baldins  (20/05057/FUL) (PLS/030/21)
Location: The Chalet, Gorthleck, Inverness, IV2 6UJ . (Ward 12)
Nature of Development: Temporary siting of 3no. static caravans (forestry workers/ Baltic Forestry Ltd) storage and maintenance of unoccupied touring caravans.
Recommendation: Grant.
Applicant: Vento Ludens Limited (20/05073/FUL) (PLS/031/21)
Location: Land 2180M SE Of Challenger Lodge, Tomich, Cannich. (Ward 12)
Nature of Development: Temporary siting (5 years) of meteorological mast.
Recommendation: Grant.
Applicant: B & L Properties (Scotland) Ltd (21/00780/FUL) (PLS/032/21)
Location: 14A Ardross Street, Inverness, IV3 5NS. (Ward 13)
Nature of Development: Erection of three serviced apartments (replacement building to 20/02642/FUL).
Recommendation: Grant.
Applicant: Mr & Mrs A and V Groom (20/04751/PIP) (PLS/033/21)
Location: Smithy Croft, Station Road, Carr-Bridge. (Ward 20)
Nature of Development: Provision of house plot.
Recommendation: Grant.
Applicant: Lochaber Housing Association (20/03270/FUL) (PLS/034/21)
Location: Land 40m NW of 12 Glenkingie Terrace, Caol, Fort William. (Ward 11)
Nature of Development: Erection of 18 residential units.
Recommendation: Grant.
Applicant: Boyd Brothers Haulage Ltd (20/02027/S42) (PLS/035/21)
Location: Annat Pier, Corpach, Fort William. (Ward 11)
Nature of Development: Section 42 application to vary Condition 1 of planning permission 99/00458/FULLO to allow berthing and disembarking of vessels on Sundays but maintain no operational use is allowed.
Recommendation: Grant.
Applicant: Network Rail (20/04746/FUL) (PLS/036/21)
Location: Land 685M South Of Inverness Airport, Dalcross. (Ward 17)
Nature of Development: Construction of two platform railway station and ancillary infrastructure including: car and cycle parking; bus drop off zone; electric vehicle charging points; waiting shelters; access road improvements;  pedestrian and cycle access ramp off C1017; surface water drainage system; landscaping; earthworks for track loop; associated works to remove Overbridge 87; works to close the U5409 and associated pedestrian and cycle ramp off U5409; compound; layby; railway link; delivery of turning heads to facilitate closure of the Dalcross/Petty Level Crossing; new footbridge crossing at Woodend; and change of use of land to operational railway land.
Recommendation: Grant.

Applicant: The Highland Council (21/01265/FUL) (PLS/037/21)
Location: Land 430M SW of Highland Rugby Club, Bught Road, Inverness. (Ward 13)
Nature of Development: Low head hydroelectric development with a generating capacity of up to 100kW (amended design and turbine arrangement), extension of access.
Recommendation: Grant.

7. Exclusion of Public
   Às-dùnadh a’Phobaill

The Committee is invited to resolve that, under Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, the public should be excluded from the meeting during discussion of the following item on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 13 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Act

8.  Planning Enforcement Report                                                    
 Aithisg Co-èigneachadh Dealbhaidh

There is circulated to Members only Report No PLS/038/21 by the Area Planning Manager – South. 

 The Committee is invited to agree the recommendation as set out in the report.