The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Golf course hearing heading to court

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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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