IHBC features ‘Heritage from the (battlefield) doorstep’: NTS ‘unaware’ PP needed for Culloden storage units

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has submitted a retrospective planning application for five storage units at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, while the planning application says that previous staff were ‘unaware’ that it needed planning permission (PP), reports The Press and Journal.

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.. NTS has added timber cladding to the front and sides to match the visitor centre…

The Press and Journal writes:

… According to site drawings, NTS has installed five steel storage units at the private service yard beside the centre.

The largest is 12 metres (40 ft) long in blue steel. NTS has added timber cladding to the front and sides to match the visitor centre….

Raoul Curtis-Machin, Culloden operations manager, explained: “We got the shipping containers to go in the service yard a few years ago to meet the growing needs of the business and we didn’t realise at the time that we needed planning permission.”

However, Inverness councillor Ken Gowans expressed shock at the oversight.

“Given that every development in the proximity of Culloden Battlefield has been extremely contentious and high profile, I am bewildered how NTS could imagine they would not need planning permission to build on the battlefield itself,”.…

… Mr Curtis-Machin said NTS will work with the council on this.

“We have tried to make them fit in sensitively with the existing visitor centre and the service yard by cladding them with the same local timber and painting them to fit in with the centre walls,” he said….

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