The Scottish Government has now called in the application. There will now be a public local inquiry. Not Coul will be there, putting its third-party evidence forward. This is the first time that this information is examined in detail. There was almost no sign that the Highland Council planning committee had been influenced by our efforts, so we presume we have been ignored by almost all of our local elected representatives.
We now aim to convince the Reporters of our case at Inquiry. In turn, their report to Ministers will influence the final government decision. This is the crucial stage, where we either win a refusal or we lose Coul Links to golf.
Coul Links is situated on the east coast of the Scottish Highland at Embo by Loch Fleet. An American developer, Todd Warnock, wants to rip it up to build a golf course. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and supposedly protected by law. It has triple protection as it is also a Special Protected Area (national designation) and Ramsar site (International designation). If this goes ahead they may as well scrap the enviromental laws in Scotland.
At the start of the links Scottish Natural Heritage have a sign "No motor vehicles please. Loch Fleet is a protected area for its internationally important salt marshes and sand dune habitats. These soft habitats are very susceptible to surface erosion. Any motor vehicles, such as quad bikes, quickly cause damage which can take many years to recover" Imagine the damage that would be done by the construction vehicles needed to rip up the area to build a golf course.
To destroy an area that is a special place supporting a diverse range of birds, plants and wildlife is sheer vandalism. Triple SI sites are supposed to be protected by law but it seems that if a rich American comes along and wants to build a golf course the law can be changed - Donald Trump did the same in Aberdeen-shire. Please help me stop this happening here.
Contact Highland Council to lodge an objection, as well as signing this petition. The Highland Council planning authority website is: http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/ and the case number is: 17/04601/FUL See website notcoul.com for more details