Agendas, reports and minutes

North Planning Applications Committee

Date: Tuesday, 7 December 2021

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A meeting of the North Planning Applications Committee will take place remotely via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday, 7 December 2021 at 10.00 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 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 Meeting of the North Planning Applications Committee held on 19 October 2021.

4.  Major Development Update 
Iarrtasan Mòra

There is circulated Report No PLN/088/21 (Plans pp 1 - 9) by the Acting Head of Development Management – Highland which, provides a summary 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 of these applications.

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

5.1 Description: Whisky distillery, warehousing buildings, bottling facilities, tank farm, energy centre, long sea outfall and other associated infrastructure  (21/05261/PAN) (PLN/089/21)
 Ward: 4
 Applicant: Midfearn Distillery Ltd
Site Address: Land 470 m NW of Farmhouse, Easter Fearn, Ardgay.

6.  Planning Applications to be Determined 
Iarrtasan Dealbhaidh rin Dearbhadh

There are circulated Reports Nos PLN/090/21 to PLN/098/21 by the Acting Head of Development Management – Highland which are as follows:-

6.1 Applicant: Pat Munro Ltd (21/01332/FUL) (PLN/090/21)
Location:  Land 90 m NW of Greenside Farm, Rosemarkie (Ward 9).
Nature of Development: Erection of 34 units (amended from 32 to include plots 28 and 29 (Modifications of previously approved design granted under planning permission 15/03033/FUL).
Recommendation: Grant.  

6.2 Applicant:  Arquiva Ltd (21/02588/FUL) (PLN/091/21)
Location: Land 25 m NE of Culag Hotel, Culag Road, Lochinver (Ward 1).
Nature of Development: Installation of 20 m high tv broadcasting mast and associated infrastructure within fenced compound.
Recommendation: Grant.

6.3  Applicant:  Mr Andrew Forrest (21/02750/FUL) (PLN/092/21)
Location: Land 110 m NW of Armdale, Parkview, Auckengill (Ward 3).
Nature of Development: Formation of caravan site for touring caravans and campervans, site office and toilet/shower block, erection of house, siting of temporary caravan, installation of septic tank and soakaway and formation of 2 no access.
Recommendation: Grant.  

6.4  Applicant:  The Glenmorangie Company Ltd (21/03237/FUL) (PLN/093/21)
Location: Land 700 m NW of Tower View, Fearn (Ward 7).
Nature of Development: Erection of whisky maturation warehouses, cask filling and disgorging facility with associated tank farm, tanker filling bay, welfare facilities, car park and associated infrastructure.
Recommendation: Grant.

6.5  Applicant: Mrs Pippa Archibald (21/03580/FUL) (PLN/094/21)
Location: Land 20 m NE of 18 South Erradale, Gairloch (Ward 5).
Nature of Development: Erection of house and garage/office, siting of 2 holiday letting units and associated works.
Recommendation: Grant.  

6.6  Applicant: Limekiln Wind Ltd (21/03750/S36) (PLN/095/21)
Location: Limekiln Wind Farm, Land 2870 m SE of Borlum House, Reay (Ward 2).
Nature of Development: Application under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to vary the consented Limekiln Wind Farm to increase the blade tip height from 15 turbines at a maximum blade tip of 130 m and 6 turbines with a maximum blade tip height of 126 m to 21 turbines with a maximum blade tip height of 149.9 m.
Recommendation: Raise no objection.

6.7  Applicant:  Mr Clarck Nussey (21/04050/PIP) (PLN/096/21)
Location: 84 East Helmsdale, Strath Road, Helmsdale, KW8 6JL (Ward 4).
Nature of Development: Erection of house and formation of access. 
Recommendation: Grant.  

6.8 Applicant:  Highland Housing Alliance (21/04244/FUL) (PLN/097/21)
Location: Phase 2, St Andrews Road, Dingwall (Ward 8).
Nature of Development: Application for landscaping, drainage and pathway design on land adjacent to St Andrews Road.
Recommendation: Grant.

6.9 Applicant: SSE Generation Limited (21/03695/S36) (PLN/098/21)
Location: Land 2 km NE of Glencassley Castle, Rosehall (Ward 1).
Nature of Development: Achany Extension Wind Farm - erection and operation of a wind farm for a period of 50 years, comprising of 20 wind turbines with a maximum blade tip height 149.9 m, access tracks, borrow pits, substation, control building, and ancillary infrastructure
Recommendation: Raise no objection.

7.  Decision of Appeals to the Scottish Government Planning and Environmental Appeals Division
Co-dhùnadh mu Iarrtas do Bhuidheann-stiùiridh Riaghaltas na h-Alba airson Lùth agus Atharrachadh Aimsir

7.1  Applicant: Jaki Pickett (20/04608/ADV) (ADA-270-2002)
Location: Unit 2, Seaforth Road, Muir of Ord, IV6 7TA (Ward 8)
Nature of Development:  Application for advertisement consent. 

The Committee is invited to note the decision of the Reporter appointed by the Scottish Ministers to dismiss the appeal for advertisement consent and to refuse planning permission for the reasons stated in the Decision Letter.