29 October 2005
Beaufort Golf course proposal
Highland Council is shortly to consider a new application to convert Beaufort Home Farm into a championship standard golf course and the farm itself into a luxury clubhouse and accommodation complex. Beaufort Golf and Leisure have modified their original application. Out goes a large housing development on land adjacent to the Community Hall and also withdrawn is a proposed 120 bedroom hotel which would have been built on or near the walled garden. However, the company, as well as creating a golf course that will stretch from the Kennels right round to the fields next to Allarburn (Kiltarlity Village), also want permission to build 81 ‘residential lodges’ around the course, Kiltarlity Community Council has insisted that there must be no question, at any time, of these lodges becoming permanent housing. The Community Council has also asked for strong safeguards for pedestrian and cycle access (including the provision of paths), traffic management and road safety and minimum disturbance during construction. The Community Council acknowledges the potential benefits of this development but are anxious to ensure that the local people share fully in these. A body representative of the wider area, Aird Community Golf Initiative, is applying to have a Community Interest in Beaufort registered according to the new Land Reform Act. If this is granted, it means that no sale of the land or buildings can take place without the Community Body (ACGI) being informed and having the right to buy the land – a right which does not need to be exercised. This process ensures that all dealings connected with the development are made known to the public.