Highlands & Islands

Highland holiday village court order scrapped

Sketch by David Somerville of eco-lodge. Image copyright of Rebecca L Thomson
Image caption The lodge and eight thatched houses were given planning permission in 2010

A court order against a new Highland holiday village has been thrown out by the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Jersey-based landowner Nicholas Crawford had won an interim interdict against the eco-village Escape Lodge development near Ullapool.

It came despite would-be developer Becky Thomson winning planning permission in October last year.

The interdict has now been recalled after the developer agreed to consult Mr Crawford over drainage issues.

The developer is planning a lodge and holiday lets on a site at Dundonnell Glen, near Mr Crawford's 6,000-acre Eilean Darach Estate.

The interdict stopped the developer implementing planning permission in a way that would adversely increase surface water run-off to the estate.

But judge Lady Smith said she would have the interdict recalled, telling the court that Escape Lodge accepted there would be increased run-off, and a sustainable drainage system must be provided.

The scheme was granted planning permission by Highland Council, despite objections, last year, but John Campbell QC, representing Escape Lodge, told the court the developer could not proceed "under the shadow of litigation".

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