Highlands & Islands

House in Plockton 'a link to village's past'

A house earmarked for demolition should be restored as it serves as an "important link" to a village's past, the Scottish government has said.

The owner of the property at Rhu in Plockton had got permission from Highland Council to pull it down and have a new house built.

But Historic Scotland asked the government to consider the application as the site is in a conservation area.

The west Highland village grew up around fishing in the 1800s.

A government reporter, an official who considers planning applications and appeals, said rather than demolish the house it should be restored, or undergo a "sympathetic conversion".

However, the official also commended the design of the proposed new house.

Highland Council's Ross, Skye and Lochaber planning applications committee will have a chance to discuss the decision on Tuesday.

Plockton was used for BBC police drama Hamish Macbeth starring Robert Carlyle.

The series ran during the late 1990s.

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