Coul Links Update

Alistair Whyte

Alistair Whyte

Head of Plantlife Scotland

2nd July 2018

Coul Links is one of the last remaining examples of dune grassland in the UK.

It is home to a dazzling array of species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world, and many of which are in decline across the country. It is afforded national and international protection through a range of legal designations.

Which is why Plantlife has been part of a consortium of environmental organisations opposing a development proposal which would see an international developer turn the site into a golf course. After a long hard battle (a petition against the development gathered over 89,000 signatures), and after Scottish Natural Heritage, the government advisor on nature conservation, formally objected to the development, we were devastated when councillors voted to approve the development in June, going against the advice of their own council officials.

We are now asking the Scottish Government to ‘call in’ the application, due to the rare and internationally important nature of the site. This means that the Government would consider the arguments and make a final decision on the fate of the site and its wildlife. Coul Links is too important to lose to yet another golf development, and we will be fighting to save it over the next few weeks and months.

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