Aug 25th, 2018
Coul Links development gets called in by Scottish Minister
Despite green light from local councillors
Just when it looked like Coul Links had got the all clear, there has been a very significant development in this ongoing tale.
The Scottish Government has called in proposals for Coul Links, even though local councillors gave the project the green light back in June.
There has been strong opposition from Scottish conservation groups and, despite strong support from the local community, the Scottish Planning Minister Kevin Stewart has announced his intention to call in the application.
Following the Scottish Ministers’ decision to call in the application for a golf course at Coul Links, developer Todd Warnock has commented:
“Whilst this decision delays bringing significant economic and environmental benefits to the area, we welcome the opportunity to set out again the compelling case to create a world class golf course in east Sutherland.
“Highland Council’s North Planning Applications Committee, as the competent planning authority, took an emphatic decision in June and, apart from a single narrow objection from Scottish Natural Heritage, the statutory bodies involved are not opposed to the plans after a comprehensive assessment.
“The project also has overwhelming support from local people. We thank them again for their help and encouragement and are sorry for them that there is a further delay in a process that has already taken more than three years.
“We have made our case consistently to anyone prepared to listen objectively and we look forward to doing so again with the independent Reporter."