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Kiltaraglen submitted for planning


On behalf of Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association, in collaboration with Rural Design, we have been consulting on the masterplan for Kiltaraglen, a major expansion of 250 new homes for the town of Portree. The project has now been submitted for planning.

Affordable, highly efficient new homes are in high demand on the Isle of Skye. As well as helping to address the chronic shortage, the proposals aim to integrate the development into the landscape through the protection and retention of natural habitats on site, including wetlands and deep peat, as well as the creation of active travel routes. The plans also include capacity for a care village, commercial units and community retail premises.

The existing landscape at Kiltaraglen is distinctive yet typical of the local area, with extensive areas of peatland, a ribbon of watercourses and channels, rocky outcrops and an undulating, hummocky topography. The proposed layout reflects this with large areas of peat retained undisturbed and a wide landscape boundary around the perimeter of the site. The deep peat areas are recognised for their habitat value as well as acting as a significant carbon store if left undisturbed. Existing landscape features such as stone dykes and water courses are also retained and integrated into the design where possible.

As a significant expansion to the town of Portree, the landscape has to provide a multifunctional series of greenspaces to serve the expanding community, including: amenity, recreation, play, food growing and landscape and habitat biodiversity. The general approach is for more formal landscapes closer to the housing, including play spaces, gardens and growing spaces. A more naturalistic landscape setting blurs the edges to the open landscape beyond, with moors, wetland park and woodland and natural regeneration forming the key character areas. Wider active travel routes will integrate the development into the town.

Check out the project website to find out more: