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RSPB media release 24th August 25, 2018

Scottish Ministers have “called-in” plans for a golf course at Coul Links near Embo, East Sutherland after deciding that the case is of ‘national importance’.

The controversial plans, which would cause huge damage to internationally important dune habitats, were approved by Highland Councillors in June, despite recommendations for refusal by the Council’s own officials and hundreds of objections from organisations and individuals from across Scotland and beyond.

The call-in decision will give Scottish Ministers a chance to reconsider the case and they could decide to overturn the Council’s decision and refuse consent. The decision by Ministers also comes just weeks after news that the site of Donald Trump’s golf course at Menie, in Aberdeenshire, is likely to be stripped of its conservation status due to the environmental damage inflicted by the golf course, despite reassurances that the environmental approach to be adopted would be ‘first class’.