Scottish Government refuse Coul Links planning permission
Decision warmly welcomed by RSPB Scotland
The Scottish Government has confirmed today that it has refused planning permission for a golf course to be built at Coul Links in East Sutherland. RSPB Scotland, one of the Save Coul Links coalition members, hugely welcomes this decision.
Anne McCall, Director at RSPB Scotland said: ‘We are extremely relieved and delighted by this decision which demonstrates the high value that Scottish Ministers place on our fantastic and incredibly diverse wildlife in Scotland. These damaging proposals threatened a site of global importance for nature and should never have made it this far.
I am incredibly grateful to everyone who stood up against this application over the past few years – it’s been a huge partnership effort and inspiring to see how many people raised their voice in support of this amazing place. This is a landmark decision of international significance and shows that we can no longer put short term profits above nature. We are facing a global climate and biodiversity crisis and we very much welcome the leadership role provided by Scottish Ministers at this critical time. We hope that investors and developers alike take heed of this decision and no longer pursue environmentally damaging proposals that put at risk Scotland’s special places for wildlife. There are many more suitable places to build a golf course and we would welcome the opportunity to work with the developers to find a genuinely sustainable alternative.‘.
Mark writes: I am personally thrilled by this result as I know the site reasonably well. I’ve blogged about the case several times and there is this excellent guest blog too. Also, if you supported my succcessful legal challenge of the management plan for Walshaw Moor (see here) then just over £1000 of the money left over from that case went to the Coul Links case – money well spent, it seems!
There is quite a lot of other news too, But I’ll come back to that over the weekend.