Coul Links

August 2018

Coul Links golf course application called in by Scottish Ministers

Scottish Ministers have called in plans for a golf course at Coul Links near Embo, East Sutherland after deciding that the case is of ‘national importance’.

From the Scottish Wildlife Trust August newsletter

"The controversial plans, which would cause huge damage to internationally important dune habitats, were approved by Highland councillors in June, despite recommendations for refusal by the Council’s own officials and hundreds of objections from organisations and individuals from across Scotland and beyond.

Jonny Hughes, Chief Executive of the Scottish Wildlife Trust said: “This is one of the most important planning decisions to have affected Scotland in recent years so it is only right that it is considered by the Scottish Government.

“Nearly 13,000 members of the public wrote to MSPs asking them to take a closer look at this vitally important case, and we are heartened that these plans will now be given closer scrutiny.

“We urge Scottish Ministers to maintain their commitment to the long-term protection of fragile and internationally rare habitats by ensuring that these wholly inappropriate plans are not allowed to go ahead.”

The decision will give Scottish Ministers a chance to reconsider the case and they could decide to overturn the Council’s decision and refuse consent."


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