A gen­er­a­tion at risk warns MSP

The Oban Times - - News -

A HIGH­LAND MSP has called for a change in plan­ning laws so that young lo­cal cou­ples want­ing to live in the re­gion ‘might be more im­por­tant than slow worms, badgers and trees’.

High­light­ing a re­cent study which es­ti­mated the High­lands lacked 18,000 young peo­ple in the 15-30-year- old bracket, Kate Forbes MSP said the lack of re­form to dra­co­nian poli­cies could re­sult in a gen­er­a­tion be­ing lost and fur­ther de­pop­u­la­tion.

Kate Forbes MSP said: ‘Some view the High­lands and Is­lands as a place where arte­facts take prece­dence over peo­ple. We have a moral, eco­nomic and so­cial pre­rog­a­tive to pro­tect our flora and fauna, but there’s one en­dan­gered species that is greatly at risk - peo­ple.’

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