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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17310: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 18 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the area being a Natura site, a Ramsar site and a site of special scientific interest (SSSI), whether it will call in the planning application that has been submitted to The Highland Council for a golf course to be built at Coul Links, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 11 July 2018

As the Council is minded to grant consent for the Coul Links application, and there is an objection from Scottish Natural Heritage, the case has been notified to Ministers. Notification gives Ministers the opportunity to decide whether there are national interests at stake which would merit Ministers calling in the application for their own determination. The Minister for Local Government and Housing will consider the details of this case and decide whether Ministers should call in the application for their determination, or clear it back to The Highland Council.