Coul Links

Planning application details and links

October 2018

Coul Links Enquiry Preliminary Procedural Meeting

This will be held on Wednesday 31 October 2018 at 10:00AM within Carnegie Hall, Clashmore, Dornoch, IV25 3RG.

This meeting is open to the public.

September 2018

Public Enquiry into Coul Links application announced

Reporters from the Scottish Government's Planning & Environmental Appeals Division, appointed by Scottish Ministers to consider the case and make recommendations to them, have decided that a hearing or inquiry session is required to assist in writing their report.

Anyone who made representations to Highland Council about the golf course application has been invited to indicate if they wish to take part in the hearing or enquiry, the date and venue of which has yet to be announced.

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."

Read the SWT newsletter

Planning application for golf course at Coul Links, Embo

The application was lodged in September 2017 by Coul Links Ltd. led by Mike Keiser, President of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Oregon, Trump Golf’s main global rival, & entrepreneur Todd Warnock.  There is a separate application for two boreholes and a reservoir to store water for irrigating the golf course.

The site is an area of natural dunes of considerable scientific and environmental value, and is ajacent to or includes  Loch Fleet Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI),  The Dornoch and Loch Fleet Special Protection Area (SPA),  and the Dornoch and Loch Fleet Ramsar Site.

A group opposed to the development set up a 38 Degrees petiton to rally opposition to the applications.  This has been presented to Highland Council, who approved the applications in June against the advice of planning officials, but since the applications were called in it is being kept open to be presented to the public enquiry.

Below are links to the Highland Council ePlanning pages relating to the applications, and the petition.

Coul links golf course planning application         17/04601/FUL

Reservoir planning application                           17/04404/FUL

NOT COUL petition  (and more information)



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