Golf course hear­ing head­ing to court

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

The bat­tle over a con­tro­ver­sial golf course is head­ing to court next week with both sup­port­ers and pro­test­ers ex­pected to be out in force.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment last month called in plans for the world-class Coul Links in Suther­land.

Now the pre­ex­am­i­na­tion hear­ing of the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion will be held on Wed­nes­day in the Carnegie Hall, Clash­more, near Dornoch.

“Mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come to at­tend this meet­ing to ob­serve pro­ceed­ings, but please note it is be­ing held purely to dis­cuss the pro­ce­dures and timescales that are to be fol­lowed. No dis­cus­sion

“An op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate your sup­port by at­tend­ing”

on the mer­its of the ap­pli­ca­tion will take place at this meet­ing,” an up­date from the Coul Links Team said.

“While it will not be pos­si­ble to speak in favour of the project at this meet­ing, it is an op­por­tu­nity to again demon­strate your sup­port by at­tend­ing. A re­minder of the strength of lo­cal feel­ing would be wel­come.

“The num­ber of seats avail­able to the pub­lic will be lim­ited and can­not be pre-booked. As many peo­ple may wish to at­tend, we rec­om­mend you come along as early as pos­si­ble.”

The Coul Links web­site also warns: “It is an­tic­i­pated that as a re­sult of this process, vis­its to the ap­pli­ca­tion site are likely to in­crease.

“The landowner wishes to en­sure that ac­cess within the site is un­der­taken strictly in terms of the ap­proved Scot­tish Out­door Ac­cess Code to en­sure that dis­tur­bance is min­imised.”

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