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Major Perthshire housing scheme threatened by endangered pine marten

Words: Roger Milne

Proposals for hundreds of new homes on the edge of Scone, Perthshire, could be stalled by the discovery by two teenage boys of a pine marten.

The rare and priority species European pine marten was spotted around the Highfield Woods area of the village.

Highfield Woods forms part of the site earmarked for a development of 700 new homes under consideration by developer A&J Stephen.

A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council said: “We have been informed that pine martens have been spotted in the Highfield Woods area of Scone. Pine martens and their dens are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and the Nature Conservation Act.

“No planning applications have been submitted for this area to date. Any application received will be dealt with on an individual basis, taking into account the potential environmental and ecological impact the application might have on the area.”

In a statement A&J Stephen said: “As with all planning applications of this type and scale, the application will be accompanied by a full environmental impact assessment which will consider any potential ecology-related issues which may affect the site.”

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