A supposed community-rooted company, Communities for Coul, C4C, is proposing to submit a SECOND planning application for a ‘world-class’ ‘Championship’ golf course sited mainly on protected land at Coul Links, within Loch Fleet SSSI.
A first 2017 attempt was refused planning permission by the Scottish Government in February 2020. This followed a four-week Inquiry before two government-appointed Reporters.
Local developers immediately regrouped in 2020 lockdown to plan a second attempt, refusing to accept the government decision which was based on major likely damage to nature conservation interests at Coul.
The area is triple-protected: as well as SSSI it is also part of a Special Protection Area and Ramsar Wetland of International Importance.
PLANNING HISTORY SO FAR: SOURCES
Follow the planning history of the opposition to this development here.
If you are unfamiliar with the history of this struggle, the detail is present on several official planning sites:
Highland Council ePlanning References (enter into Simple Search):
27 July 2022
Not Coul website www.notcoul.org goes live
27 July 2022
C4C Drop-In Exhibition, Embo Community Centre 3-7pm
Not Coul attended and distributed a leaflet outlining multiple faults in the economic and environmental case being stated by Communities for Coul.
See images below or access the PDF here.