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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-08620

Coul Links

Submitted by: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Friday, November 3, 2017

Supported by: Claudia Beamish, Iain Gray, Ross Greer, Patrick Harvie, Alison Johnstone, Mark Ruskell, Tavish Scott, Andy Wightman

That the Parliament notes that a major planning application for an 18-hole golf course and associated infrastructure has been submitted to the Highland Council; further notes that the proposed golf course is on and adjacent to Coul Links, which forms the southern part of the Loch Fleet Site of Special Scientific Interest, part of the Dornoch and Loch Fleet Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar site; acknowledges the concerns of conservation organisations across Scotland and locally regarding not only the potential impact that this will have to this highly protected site but also doubts concerning stated potential economic benefits, and considers that, at a time when Brexit has caused considerable anxiety regarding environmental protections, granting permission for this development could send a dangerous message to developers that Scotland’s highly protected sites are open to development at the expense of the environment.