Stella McCartney hits back at potential neighbors after they criticized her planned £5m modern mansion in the Scottish Highlands
- Architects Brown & Brown said the plan was “unashamedly contemporary”.
Stella McCartney and her husband have hit back at locals after they criticized the couple’s planned £5million mansion in the Scottish Highlands.
Architects Brown and Brown said the plan was to create an “unashamedly contemporary” but complementary addition to the beauty spot, which is located about 30 miles west of Fort William on the Moidart Peninsula.
The Lochailort district submission is in the name of the fashion designer’s husband, Alasdair Willis.
But proposals by McCartney, 52, and Willis for a secluded retreat at Commando Rock in Glenwigg have been met with criticism and objections.
Dozens of objections have been lodged with Highland Council including concerns about the impact of trees and the potential for an otter population. Woodland Trust Scotland (WTS) is one of the groups that wants the application delayed or rejected due to a lack of information about its impact.
Residents also raised issues regarding the environmental impact of the property and how it would restrict access to the beach “which is widely used by local residents and holiday makers”.
But Brown and Brown have written to Highland Council describing some comments about the size of the planned property and the loss of the otter as inaccurate. They also said they are looking to reintroduce a number of native Scots pines after complaints that some may be endangered.
They said: “We are aware of comments from the public regarding the loss of the ‘Scots pine’ collection at the site, as well as comments from the council’s tree officer, who suggest that the collection may in fact be ‘Corsican pine.’”
“After receiving this comment, we sought further tree advice, which also seemed to indicate that this group of trees is a non-native Corsican pine.”
‘We are awaiting updated and additional dendrochronological reports relating to these trees, which we will in turn submit to you for your consideration.
“In addition, our client is also looking at the feasibility of reintroducing a number of native Scots pines to the land and the nutrient conditions that would support such plantings in the long term.”
They added: “Public comment was raised that the proposed location of the building overlaps with the otter site.
“After visiting the site and touring all relevant areas of the site, we were unable to find any evidence of such a defect, nor were we made aware of any evidence to the contrary.”
The couple also declined some comments about the size of the planned home, Brown and Brown said.
“The applicant is aware of numerous comments made in relation to the size and location of the proposed development, which are believed to be inaccurate, or which it believes additional context would be helpful,” they said.
“It is not believed that the proposed house would be visible from Roshven House, or the adjacent Roshven Boathouse (operated as a holiday let), as the current terrain and woodland make this impossible.
“The proposed location of the house is to the north-west of the foundations already on the site (under existing permission for a residential house), to prevent the house from falling into the horizon of the site when viewed from the water (as is the case with sufficient to determine the form).
McCartney, the daughter of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, has established herself as one of the world’s leading fashion designers.
She received the Central Bank of Egypt Medal in recognition of her services in the field of fashion and sustainability.
The Highland Council is expected to make a decision in due course.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Stella McCartney and Alasdhair Willis for comment.
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