Highlands & Islands

Highland baronial lodge appeal dismissed

Grouse shoot
Image caption The plan was to let out the lodge to shooters, walkers and bird-watchers

An estate owner has been unsuccessful in overturning refusal of his plans for a baronial-style lodge for stalkers and environmentalists to rent.

Michael Pattison appealed against Cairngorms National Park Authority's opposition to the property proposed for Glen Truin, near Dalwhinnie.

A Scottish government-appointed planning officer has dismissed his appeal.

It was planned to heat the lodge using solar and geothermal energy.

The two-storey turreted property, with six en suite bedrooms, was designed to have dressed sandstone features, hardwood windows and doors and a natural slate roof.

Mr Pattison had proposed letting it out to stalking groups, walkers, anglers and bird-watchers.

About nine people would have been needed to construct it and three to run it full-time.

Government-appointed reporter Scott Ferrie said in his newly published decision that there would be an economic benefit from the plan.

However, he said the benefits were outweighed by the building's "adverse impacts" on the surrounding landscape.

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