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Scottish Government calls in Highlands golf course planning application

Words: Laura Edgar
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Ministers at the Scottish Government have called in the planning application for the Coul Links golf course at Embo in the Highlands.

The application includes an 18-hole golf course, the building of a club house, the renovation of existing buildings, pro shop, caddy hut and administration building.

The Highland Council voted to approve the application in June, against the advice of planning officers.

Scottish Natural Heritage though has notified ministers of its concerns, who extended the period in which they can consider whether to call an application in or not by a further 28 days in order to fully consider the application.

Earlier this month, the Natural Trust for Scotland also expressed concerns about such development, claiming the planning system is riding roughshod over the country’s natural and historic heritage.

Planning minister Kevin Stewart is quoted in Scottish Construction Now as saying: “I have called in the application as the proposal raises issues of national importance in relation to natural heritage issues and its compliance with Scottish Planning Policy and requires further scrutiny. It is right that the decision is taken at the national level.”

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