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Neighbour raises concerns over plans for two shepherd hut holiday lets on Muir of Ord farmer's land

By Alasdair Fraser

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A MUIR of Ord farmer’s plan to site two shepherd huts on his land has run into opposition from a neighbour.

Thomas Morrison, of Easter Urray Farm near the Ross-shire village, wants to create holiday lets in a field north-west of Glasven, Wester Urray.

His Highland Council planning application details the small living quarters with bedroom, lounge, dining, kitchen and toilet facilities.

The proposal has received one response from David Dent, who lives nearby.

He expressed support in principle for diversification on the farmland, but raised several concerns.

One related to the proposed entrance to the holiday accommodation, with the respondent suggesting it would breach an ancient stone dyke.

The neighbour also raised concerns that mature trees might need to be felled, while the dyke, which he described as being of historic value, might need to be removed completely.

He also claimed there was insufficient information on the height of the huts to evaluate whether they would impinge on views from his home.

Other concerns included use of LPG fuel to heat the huts and provide hot water, which he suggested was out of step with Scottish Government policy on promoting renewable energy.

Mr Dent added: “If Mr Morrison wants to diversify that is fine, but there are possibly other areas of his land that he could consider which would not require this damage to our natural and historical heritage.”

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