Ullapool bar and restaurant wins Scottish Government appeal against Highland Council planning rejection
ULLAPOOL’S Seaforth Inn has won its appeal against a Highland Council ruling that banned it from whitewashing an unsightly “mineral staining” on a stone boundary wall.
More than a dozen locals objected to the white-wash being painted over natural stone work in what is a conservation area near the harbour.
Planning officers ordered a halt to the work on the grounds that official permission had not been sought leading to a partially retrospective application which was rejected by Highland Council in April.
The north planning application committee then considered a retrospective application for permission but it was refused.
But an appeal to the Scottish Government has overturned that after Holyrood officials argued that it would “safeguard” the conservation area rather than harm it. The council will now foot the cost of the appeal.