15 July 2018West Highlands and Islands Local Development Plan-Update 13th July 2018

Dear Sir/Madam



The Town And Country Planning (Development Planning) (Scotland) Regulations 2008

DPEA Reference Number: LDP-270-6



The above plan was submitted by The Highland Council to Scottish Ministers on 6 July 2018 for examination. The local development plan is prepared in order to guide future development and inform the planning authority’s decisions on planning applications.


You had previously made representation(s) to the Council regarding WestPan when it was consulted on and Scottish Ministers have been made aware that the issue(s) raised in your representation(s) has/have not been resolved.


The Scottish Ministers have appointed Mr Trevor Croft as the reporter who will carry out the examination of the above plan. The administration of the examination will be carried out by the Scottish Government’s Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA). We have provided the reporter with a summary of the issues that we consider should be assessed at the examination, and a copy of your full representation. Your representation will be considered by the reporter. Please note that additional reporters may be appointed to support the speedy delivery of the report.


The reporter will now commence the examination of conformity with our participation statement as required by Section 19(4) of the Town and Country Planning Scotland Act 1997 (as amended). To comply with Section 19(7) of the Act, the examination of the above plan under Section 19(3) of the Act will not commence until the examination of conformity with the participation statement has concluded, or until four weeks from the date of the appointment of the reporter, whichever is the later. Therefore the earliest date upon which the examination of issues raised in representations will commence is 7 August 2018.


A notice regarding this examination is being published in all Highland editions of the Press and Journal on 20 July 2018 (see attached).


The version of WestPlan submitted for examination is the Proposed Plan (2017) without any further modifications being made to it. It may be viewed online via www.highland.gov.uk/whildp, in public libraries (including mobile libraries) and at the Council’s main office at Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX and is available for inspection free of charge during normal opening hours.Please note that WestPlan is closed to further comment.


You do not need to take any action in response to this letter. The reporters are not expected to require further information from you, but if they do then DPEA will write to you specifying what is needed and how and when you should submit it.


If you have recently changed your contact details or do so during the examination of WestPlan, please let us know. This can be done by response to this email or via the postal address at the foot of this letter including both your old and new contact details, indicating “WestPlan” as your area of interest, so that we can update our contact list and ensure that both the Council and DPEA use the correct details. Please note, if you are a user of our consultation portal http://consult.highland.gov.uk then you should update your contact details on your portal account as well.


Information about the examination including the names of any additional reporters, a summary of the issues being addressed by the reporters (known as Schedule 4 Forms), Further Information Requests and Responses, Document Lists, any Hearing and Inquiry Statements and, in due course, the Examination Report can be found at the DPEA’s website using this weblink: http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/CaseDetails.aspx?id=119771


Further guidance on the examination process is available from the Scottish Government’s website using this weblink: https://beta.gov.scot/policies/planning-architecture/development-plans/


A guidance note that explains development plan examinations for people who have submitted representations is available using this weblink:



If you require further information about the progress of the examination please contact Morag Smith, Planning and Environmental Appeals, 4 The Courtyard, Callendar Business Park, Falkirk, FK1 1XR, or telephone 0131 244 8173, or email Morag.Smith@gov.scot.


DPEA collect information if you take part in the planning process, use DPEA websites, send correspondence to DPEA or attend a webcast.  To find out more about what information is collected, how the information is used and managed please read the DPEA's privacy notice - https://beta.gov.scot/publications/planning-and-environmental-appeals-division-privacy-notice/



Yours faithfully,



Tim Stott

Principal Planner (Development Plans)

13 June 2018Highland Small Communities Housing Trust



Our AGM is being held on 14th September in the Town House, Inverness and as part of the process, we are seeking nominations for Community Elected Directors on our Board of Directors. 


The HSCHT Board has six places reserved out of sixteen for Community Elected Directors. If your organisation wishes to nominate someone as a Community Elected Director, then please ensure that the attached nomination form is returned to me by Friday 7th  September along with a supporting statement.   If more than six valid nominations are received then an election will be held at the AGM.


If you would like any further information on the role of Community Elected Directors or the nomination process, please do not hesitate to contact me


Kind regards




Eileen Irvine, Office Co-ordinator, The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust

7 Ardross Terrace, Inverness | 01463 233549  |  www.hscht.co.uk

12 June 2018AGM 26th June 2018

It's that time of the year again when the Sleat Community Council holds its 'Review of the Year' at the Annual General Meeting. It is a requirement of the Scheme of Establishment that a meeting is held each year and Sleat's takes place at Seomar Cruinneachaidh at Sabhal Mòr on Tuesday 26th June at 1930.

All are welcome and you can see more of the work of the Council at our website www.sleatcommunitycouncil.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you there.


25 May 2018GDPR Regs 25/5/2019

From the Highland Council-GDPR regulations eff. 25/5/2018

Dear Community Council

We have been approached by a number of you with queries about the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation and how this may impact upon you as Community Councils.  We had hoped that specific Community Council guidance would be developed by the Information Commissioner’s Office – as has been provided in the past – however this has not been the case therefore it is hoped that the attached will assist you with the new regulations and highlight areas for you to consider.

We will do our best to assist you with any queries you may have, however we have also provided details of the Information Commissioner’s Office on the attached guidance who are the regulatory body and therefore responsible for implementation and regulation of GDPR.

Best wishes



Alison Clark

Acting Head of Policy

Highland Council


01463 702512



12 May 2018Variation for Premises Licence at the Stables Restaurant and Cafe Bar, Armadale

The Community Council has received for consultation a Major Variation of the Premises Licence for the Stables Restaurant and Cafe Bar at Armadale Castle and Gardens. The covering letter with information is show on the photos and to see the full documentation click the link below.


The Application has been distributed to the Community Councillors in line with protocol, but if any members of the public, businesses or organisations have any comment then these can be emailed to the SCC at info@sleatcommunitycouncil.org.uk and we will pass these to Highland Council.

04 May 2018Sleat War Memorial-Statement from Rob Ware, Working Group Facilitator

Statement from Rob Ware, Facilitator Sleat War Memorial Working Group

As residents will know a working group to look at options for the refurbishment of the Sleat War Memorial was established following the public meeting held on 16th March 2016. The group was made up of representatives of the Sleat community who volunteered to work together with the remit to reach a point where the Memorial could be refurbished after many years of its deteriorating condition.

A number of meetings took place  which included site visits, options appraisals and engagement with stakeholders including the Highland Council and the War Memorials Trust. The culmination of this extensive and complex process was the Public Meeting held on 11th January 2018 at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and which was independently chaired by Councillor John Finlayson, with officials from Highland Council in attendance.

As the community is aware the attendees at the meeting voted almost unanimously that the Memorial should remain in its current location and be refurbished as soon as possible, some offering support in different ways, once appropriate funding has been secured.

Since January there has been regular engagement between the principal parties involved, that being the Highland Council, Clan Donald Lands Trust and the Tenant. These parties will continue to discuss the issue and announcements will be made at the appropriate time.

It is evident at this point that the Working Group can no longer add value to the current dialogue, having brought the process to the current stage.

As a result, the Working Group will be dis-established with immediate effect.

As independent facilitator of the working group, I would sincerely like to thank all of those who generously gave their time and commitment during these past two years. I believe that the group have made a significant contribution to bringing to public and Council attention the urgent need to refurbish the Memorial to ensure its sustainable future.

Furthermore, I would like to thank the officers of Highland Council, past and present, for their valuable support in this matter, and special thanks are due to former Councillor Hamish Fraser and current Councillor John Finlayson for kindly chairing the two public meetings held.

A final note of appreciation must go to those that attended the meeting in January of this year and to those who provided correspondence with their views to the chair of that meeting.

Thank you.

Rob Ware


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