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Forestry Commission Scotland and Highlands & Islands Enterprise are inviting local people, businesses and communities to give their feedback on the completed Leanachan Masterplan.
Indicative proposals include a 5-star resort hotel, bunkhouse and low-impact alternative tourist accommodation and a campsite all located in an enhanced woodland setting.
A drop-in day at the Pinemartin Café, Nevisrange on the 4th November (2-7pm) will include a presentation at 3pm on the project.
Robert Grant, for the Commission’s team managing the project, said;
“We’ve established good links and a robust feedback process with key stakeholders and the wider community who are keen to get involved with these developing proposals.
“We’re aiming for a resort hotel that complements, rather than competes with, existing provision in the area and consultation has highlighted a general agreement with the principle of a resort complex. The majority of participants would welcome the facilities and the additional tourist numbers that it could bring.
“We’re still listening, though, and have already taken on board the feedback we’ve received. This latest version of the proposal includes some changes to the bunkhouse as well as some new elements including the Lochaber Rural Complex site and Ski Range and we’re now looking for further comment.”
Leanachan covers 7,300 acres of national forest land and is a popular draw for tourists. The area provides access to The Nevis Range, world class mountain biking, scenic walking trails and helped Lochaber gain the “Outdoor Capital of the UK” status.
The Commission’s Masterplan for leisure and tourism-accommodation proposals known as the Nevis Forest and Mountain Resort, at Leanachan by Fort William, aims to ensure that future recreation and forestry activities work closely together in a co-ordinated and sustainable way.
Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
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3. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0300 067 6508.