Date lodged: 11 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government further to the answer to question S5W-02282 by Kevin Stewart on 20 September 2016, whether it would consider that an adverse effect on the natural features, for which the Coul Links in Sutherland are protected under national law and international law and treaty, would constitute an issue of genuine national importance, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 24 January 2017
It is not for Ministers to offer comment or pre-empt decisions to be taken by a planning authority. The Highland Council will be required to consult with the appropriate key agencies, in line with existing planning legislation, and to consider those consultees views fully during their own deliberations.