Letters - Page 1

From: Sebastian Thewes
Date: September 11th 2006

I have registered by e-mail my objection to the granting of planning permission for holiday chalets at Rohallion.

Two distinguished guests of ours here last week (who know Rohallion) also registered their objections. They are Lord Justice of Appeal Sir William Gage and Sir Timothy Cassel QC.

They and I are concerned that our objections do not appear on the Perth and Kinross Council website.

Furthermore this website appears not to contain all correspondence. I notice apparently especially absent Mr Sleith's replies to Mr Dobson.

Looking today at your own website, I see that there is a "backlog" of 79 objections not shown. One wonders what is going on.

I find it surprising that this application for planning permission has advanced at all.

There are many objections: principal among them, of course, damage to the environment.

Rohallion is unique as an example of 19th Century sympathetic development to enhance the environment to the benefit of both fauna and flora. It is surrounded by sites of special scientific interest. It is certain that Rohallion itself deserves that listing. It is most bizarre that it was not studied at the same time as the neighbouring lochs thus designated.

Commercial exploitation of Rohallion is quite obviously undesirable. It should be left intact and pristine.

Add the fact of 49 inhabited dwellings, people, dogs and cars and inadequate access to the already overcrowded A9, and frankly the application should be thrown out in my view, and in that of everyone with whom I have discussed the matter.

I am happy to join your campaign to get signatures of objection from many friends. However, it is rather important that they are published.

One friend died last month, alas. He was Paul van Vlissingen - you may have read his obituary in the Times. He owned the 80,000 acre estate of Letterewe in Wester Ross which he opened to walkers and climbers in the 1990s. His Letterewe Accord became something of a model for subsequent agreements and legislation in the Scottish parliament. He was also extremely interested in the wild parks of Africa, funding the Africa Parks Foundation to the tune of some 100 million euros. (He was very rich!) Paul called these parks the "museums of Africa, as important and valuable to our cultural heritage as the Rijksmuseum or the National Gallery". He felt very much the same way about Scotland, and I have no doubt that he would have added his powerful voice to your cause of preserving Rohallion, which is a Scottish jewel.

Comment from Rohallion Protest 
Date: September 21st 2006
Your support and your letter are much appreciated.  The delay to objections being listed by PKC was due to technical reasons in dealing with a large number of objections at the same time.  Your objection is now listed, along with those of your guests, in the block of 97 objections.  Those of your guests are items 1 and 2.  The current backlog is due to 130 printed letters of objection that were collected at the recent concert Rockin' for Rohallion.