Coul Links looking North towards Ben Bhraggie February 2016 Coul Links looking North towards Ben Bhraggie February 2016 (© copyright Ian Horsfield 2024, all rights reserved)

Coul Links (golf or not)

Coul Links lies just to the north of Dornoch on the east coast of Sutherland in Scotland. It is an area of dynamic coastal sand dunes, with internationally important wetland features, bordered to the east by Embo beach and the North Sea and to the north by the mouth of Loch Fleet. Immediately to the west lies improved farmland and to the south the village of Embo. The centre of the links is positioned at approximately 57.9°N, 4°W, grid ref. NH814939. The land forms part of Coul Farm. It is proposed that a golf course will be built on Coul Links. The Highland Council Impact Assessment form accompanying the initial planning submission states that "The proposed development has the potential to affect nature conservation interests on and around the site that are designated as being of international and national importance (Ramsar, Special Protection Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest). In addition, there are recorded archaeological remains and the archaeological potential of the site is high". The site is a hive of biodiversity, home to over 1,400 species.

 

Drone's-eye fly-overs of the southern section of Coul Links with views towards the northern section that show the dune slacks in their Winter flooded condition can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13nh1l5LTCk and dry in early September at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-hjFAyc_IE

 

After The Highland Council approved the planning application for a golf course at Coul Links, against the advice of its planning officer and of SNH (now NatureScot), the case was called in by Scottish ministers. A Public Inquiry was held in February/March 2019.

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The inquiry reported to ministers in November 2019. On 21 February 2020 a decision was announced, “The Scottish Government has considered the reporter’s findings carefully and agree with the recommendation that planning permission should be refused.” “The likely detriment to natural heritage is not outweighed by the socio-economic benefits of the proposal.”

 

The Scottish ministers' reasoning suggests that a golf course routing at Coul Farm more sympathetic to the ecosystems of the dunes and respectful of their protection classifications could have met with little objection.

 

June 2022 saw a very similar scheme to the original entering the planning process. That application was validated in February 2023. The groundhog is not one of the species that make Coul Links worthy of environmental protection. At considerable time and taxpayer expense, a Public Inquiry confirmed that Coul Links is a site of national importance. The revived golf course proposal is being justified on the grounds of local (East Sutherland) economic benefit. That benefit would to a significant extent be gained at the expense of other golf tourism destinations within Scotland.

 

Details of the current planning application can be found at  http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/  reference 23/00580/FUL.

 

The report to councillors from the Highland Council Area Planning Manager North recommending refusal of the planning application can be found at Item 6.2 at https://www.highland.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/4894/north_planning_applications_committee

 

NEWS FLASH - 9 February 2024 - The Scottish Government has called in the Coul Links golf course application. Ministers "have given this Direction in view of the proposed development's potential impact on nationally and internationally important natural heritage assets and the need for an appropriate understanding of the scale and degree of potential economic benefits arising from the proposal". A Reporter will now be assigned. Details can be found at https://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/CaseDetails.aspx?ID=124499 case number NA-270-10.

 

coullinksgolf.com

 

This website aims to collect and provide links to items appearing on the internet that concern Coul Links and the proposal to site a golf course on that dune land. There is little editorial input beyond the brief description above, the choice and tone of "News Flashes" and the now extensive timeline below (and in the news archive) and our efficiency, or otherwise, in locating and correctly labelling relevant links. (A number of the links provided have become obsolete as interested parties have become inactive in the months/years since Scottish Ministers refused planning permission for the first proposed golf course at Coul Links.)

 

We hope that this website can serve to help people make an informed decision on support for or opposition to a golf course on Coul Links. The golf course plan has, regrettably but understandably, created deep divisions in local opinion with a quantity of questionable rhetoric reported in the local press, ("Cars and cats kill more birds than golfers." councillor McGillivray, The Press & Journal 13th November 2017). During the progress of the first planning application, the planning submission, consultee responses and public comment on The Highland Council planning website very possibly constituted a more reliable source of facts than did the media coverage listed in the lower part of this page. Along with media links, at the foot of this page we will seek to include any information that we can source, be it press releases or data, published by the developers or their agents.

 

When older news updates (now in the news archive page) sometimes read as being critical, it was no more than simple frustration with the demise of communication with the public from the original would-be developers and their failure to submit documents within the deadlines set by the Public Inquiry. We also admit to a growing frustration with the re-emergence of the discredited first proposal dressed up as fresh thinking and we recognise that some of the News Flash items reveal exasperation with the conduct of the planning saga.

 

coullinksgolf.com had intended to remain active to report on outcomes for Coul Links such as a management agreement and prospects for the recovery of the Northern Brown Argus butterfly presence after the fire of late March 2020. It will now remain active to monitor the progress of the second golf course planning proposal.

 

For links to media coverage of the Coul Links saga, scroll to lower on this page.

 

News and commentary

 

COMMENT - 25 February 2024 - Having missed the Nigg golf course opportunity and with Coul Links at best 3 years away, Cabot Highland (Castle Stuart), with its second course as yet unplayable, looks isolated; a hard sell while it remains the only piece in the Keiser Highland Coast golf destination. So some pragmatism and welcome humility is apparent in Cabot's February online marketing https://cabotmagazine.com/9/?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=293778648&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-821o-twRtHgD2i6gPahJxPGLh0Nys__Q3Bzzso9CiE-o4J0X7FFaihJ5DEKNwZJlEaTPLIuDn_GrPUXgagS9Q-5oZS2w&utm_content=293764541&utm_source=hs_email .

 

A year ago Cabot Highlands' General Manager was enthusing that Cabot's "control" of where visiting golfers  played, stayed, ate and drank would be "masterful" (see News Archive 20 March 2023). Now Cabot is obliged to tell a more diplomatic story, extolling the charms of historic golf at Tain and Golspie and even suggesting that golfers might like to spend the night in Dornoch. For now the Keiser camp needs supporting golf attractions to draw golfers away from other Scottish golf destinations and there seems to be belated realisation that their own Coul Links narrative is based on creating employment in the very localised East Sutherland area. Mr Keiser and Cabot need to acquire some more Highland golf real estate to save them from having to be considerate of local, long-established golf interests or to think about getting their stories in sync.

 

NEWS FLASH - 23 February 2024 - The published photograph of the throng that answered Communities for Coul's call to gather at Coul Links in support of their golf course plan, suggests that 27 adults (including C4C directors and a Dragonfly Promotions photographer) and 4 children could find the time to attend. The Northern Times deemed this mass display of support worthy of front page coverage.

 

NEWS FLASH - 9 February 2024 - The Scottish Government has called in the Coul Links golf course application. Ministers "have given this Direction in view of the proposed development's potential impact on nationally and internationally important natural heritage assets and the need for an appropriate understanding of the scale and degree of potential economic benefits arising from the proposal". A Reporter will now be assigned. Details can be found at https://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/CaseDetails.aspx?ID=124499 case number NA-270-10.

 

NEWS FLASH - 30 January 2024 - On 29 January The Highland Council informed Scottish Ministers that statutory consultee NatureScot has maintained its objection to the Coul Links golf course proposal. Ministers have until 27 February to call-in the planning application or to accept The Highland Council North Planning Applications Committee's seemingly perverse assessment that the golf course proposal will deliver national (not just local) economic benefit and comply with the National Planning Framework.

 

NEWS FLASH - 7 December 2023 - At First Minister's Questions, MSP Ariane Burgess asked Humza Yousaf "Will the First Minister confirm that the decision (to approve the golf course at Coul Links) will now be called in to Ministers and reaffirm the Scottish Government's commitment to respecting all international treaty obligations, including the Ramsar convention?". The First Minister acknowledged the "utmost importance" of the impact planning applications could have on nature and natural environment but declined to comment on a live application. 

 

NEWS FLASH - 7 December 2023 - A range of reactions to the planning approval emerging, from C4C's "absolutely delighted", to MSP Araine Burgess' "shocked" and Iolo Williams' "@HighlandCouncil you are an absolute bloody disgrace!!!! Are you blind & deaf to the biodiversity crisis?!".

 

NEWS FLASH - 6 December 2023 - MSP Ariane Burgess tells The Northern Times that she will be "calling on the Scottish Government to reconsider" the Coul decision "and to uphold Scotland's planning policies and the wishes of the local community".

 

NEWS FLASH - 6 December 2023 - Highland Council planning committee approves the Coul Links golf course application on an 8 to 6 vote. 8 and 6 is an outstanding win in any golf match but, as in the first round back in 2018, it can be applauded as a steady par on the first for Mr Keiser.

 

However, it is perhaps difficult to see developer Mr Keiser viewing the 8:6 majority his current team has won as an improvement on the 15:1 majority achieved last time around (and that didn't turn out so well). But the vote can be seen as heartening proof that 6 members of the planning committee have recognised the environmental and biodiversity priorities emphasised in National Planning Framework 4 and are willing to see further than parish pump politics. 

 

The Northern Times quotes an "absolutely delighted" Communities for Coul who claim their plans "provide a guaranteed future for the wonderful, wild coastal environment of Coul Links". While The National reports the reaction from RSPB Scotland's North Scotland area manager, "It's really regrettable the proposals are now at this stage given how clearly it's been shown that Coul links is not the place for this kind of development. We're urging Ministers to call in the development to ensure that Coul Links is safeguarded for nature and people into the future rather than being irreparably harmed". (Scroll down for links to media coverage of story.)

 

NEWS FLASH - 5 December 2023 - The Northern Times confirms recent rumours "A wealthy American businessman has made a shock bid to take over Golspie Golf Club". The NT article describes "an 80-year old who has made his fortune through his ownership of food manufacturing companies" and "a member of the Royal Dornoch Golf Club and Skibo Golf Club" (sic - The Carnegie Club). Comments in the Northern Times Facebook post suggest the interest comes from Joe Masterson.

 

NEWS FLASH - 4 December 2023 - The Communities for Coul Facebook campaign today reminds councillors that they are answerable to their electorate and sees a "good chance" that the planning committee will be unconvinced by the expertise of their planning officers and by the expertise of NatureScot. And C4C has good reason to be confident. It's a brave and enlightened councillor who gives weight to national considerations when local foghorns such as these blare in their ear.

 

However, planning officers are obliged to take a more holistic approach. Just as NaureScot's objection is informed by the national (and international) designations and protections afforded to Coul Links, so Highland Council planning officers must consider not simply local issues but also the emphases placed on the environment and biodiversity within National Planning Framework 4. The relevance of these national guidelines was highlighted in the objection submitted by The Highland Council Ecology Officer (6 May) who unequivocally stated, "We also object to the proposal as it is contrary to National Planning Framework 4 Policy".

 

It's difficult not to feel sympathetic towards planning committee members. Last time around they were unaware of what became clear only after the time and expense of a Public Inquiry; the economic case could not trump the inevitable environmental damage. This time we know a lot more about both the local and the national importance of Coul Links in terms of habitats, species and amenity; and we hear a no-more-convincing economic case. C4C's confidence appears to take councillors somewhat for granted.

 

NEWS FLASH - 1 December 2023 - Rumours are emerging of American interest in buying Golspie Golf Club (sited between Coul Links and Golspie). The Club has called an EGM for 7 December.

 

NEWS FLASH - 1 December 2023 - The owner of Coul Links has bought a full page advertisement in The Northern Times print edition in which he presents a list of pledges he will personally deliver if the golf course plan comes to fruition. Amongst these are a fully-funded SSSI management plan and the employment of a Coul Ecology Officer. He reassures us that he will remain the owner of Coul Links but neglects to mention that it is under his family's ownership that the management plan was not renewed and the deterioration in the condition of the dunes has taken place.  

 

NEWS FLASH - 30 November 2023 - Rumoured to have been doing his best work in the Inverness corridors of power, twice-bitten, never shy Coul Links golf cheerleader Councillor McGillivray is feeling sufficiently confident to submit copy to The Press & Journal. In an opinion piece parroting Communities for Coul messaging, he emphasises the poor state of the economy, "there is no public money", perhaps hinting that he believes the Scottish Government will have no financial appetite for a second Public Inquiry. 

 

NEWS FLASH - 30 November 2023 - On its Facebook page on 29 November, Communities for Coul declared "Coul Links is one of very many Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in trouble. Experts estimate it will cost approx. £500k over a 3-5 year period to properly restore it. THE GOLF COURSE DEVELOPERS HAVE COMMITTED TO SPENDING THIS MONEY" (Their caps.) When does this committed spend start? Is this ring-fenced environmental restoration spend? Or is it spend on golf course construction as somehow environmentally restorative? Can golfers and non-golfers alike please hold the developers to account on this commitment?

 

 NEWS FLASH - 29 November 2023 - See Item 6.2 at https://www.highland.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/4894/north_planning_applications_committee for the Highland Council Area Planning Manager North's report to committee recommending refusal of Communities for Coul's golf course planning application.

 

NEWS FLASH - 27 November 2023 - After more than three and a half months of zero information, the Communities for Coul Facebook page springs to life to appeal directly to Highland councillors for their support. However, it's a risk to assume that councillors can't tell fact from fiction. "The development will create up to 400 much-needed jobs for young people" - not even their own economic experts predict 400 jobs for young people. The development will "help stem our depopulation crisis" - The Highland Council website states that the population of the Highland Council Area increased by 13.9% between 2001 and 2021. The rare dune system will be rescued from "the invasive species currently threatening to overwhelm it" - their environmental experts don't suggest that the dune system is about to be overwhelmed. Deal in facts and the golf course application will stand or fall on its merits. Treat the public and their representatives as fools, and you deserve to fail.

 

NEWS FLASH - 27 November 2023 - The Northern Times reports that "Highland Council planning officials are recommending that the controversial application for a championship golf course at Coul Links be refused".

 

NEWS FLASH - 24 November 2023 - Perhaps what's been quiet in the Coul debate has been a voice that resonates with the experience of being there - a place that is simply good for the soul. Whether or not you want to see golf at Coul, it may be timely that NotCoul has released a video about the essence and life-enhancing qualities of Coul Links. The heartfelt wonder expressed by the contributing experts contrasts sharply with the monetise-or-dereliction narrative delivered elsewhere by the planning applicant's hired-gun expertise. See the video at  https://youtu.be/Bnm7krCGoGQ

 

NEWS FLASH - 24 November 2023 - The Communities for Coul company has written to Highland councillors in advance of the North Planning Applications Committee meeting of 6 December at which the Coul golf course application will be considered. The "primary concern" is to invalidate the objection submitted by NatureScot, though space is given to questioning the expertise of organisations such as the RSPB and to some dog-whistle localism. The company states that "all the information given and assertions made are factual".

 

Unfortunately, by the second paragraph the letter may have taken some liberties with "factual" with what is by now the persistent description of the application as being "community-led".

 

The application would appear to be "community-led" only in as much that, without a mandate provided by any local population, 5 individuals have set up a company, included the word "communities" in its name and positioned themselves, via their company, as actors for the community. Which community is unclear but it seems to be one with a consensus to closely align itself with the commercial interests of the developer whose application for a golf course at Coul Links was found to be unconvincing, and inevitably damaging, by a Public Inquiry and by Scottish Ministers.

 

Can it be "factual" to suggest that a planning application is community-led when that community is made up of the 5 directors of the applicant company? If the Communities for Coul company is content to be so woolly about what "community-led" might mean, how can any other of the information and assertions it presents be confidently accepted as "factual"? Scrupulous clarity should be a prerequisite of the stewardship of a site as diverse and precious as Coul Links.

 

NEWS FLASH - 1 November 2023 - The Coul Links golf development is slated to appear on the agenda of the next Highland Council North Planning Applications Committee meeting scheduled for 6 December. 

 

NEWS FLASH - 29 September 2023 - The Highland Council has published notices in The Edinburgh Gazette (22 September) and The Northern Times (28 September) announcing that the agents acting for Communities for Coul have submitted additional information in support of the Coul Links golf course planning application. This opens another 28 day window (from publication date) for public representations and comments.

 

NEWS FLASH - 02 September 2023 - The Northern Times, usually an unquestioning reporter of attempts to build a golf course on the protected land at Coul Links, has picked up on an article published in The Ferret on 27 August that reveals a "direct link" between Communities for Coul and the US developers behind the discredited first application to build on Coul Links. Finally some light of publicity being shone on the blindingly obvious.

 

NEWS FLASH - 30 August 2023 - The Northern Times reports that the Coul Links golf application will not be considered at the September North Planning Application Committee meeting and will now be examined at the 1 November meeting.

 

NEWS FLASH - 10 August 2023 - On its Facebook news page, Communities for Coul has returned to the story that only a golf course sited in natural sand dunes beside the sea at Coul Links can be commercially viable. A golf course on the slopes of Coul Farm, overlooking the dunes and the sea, would not attract the necessary number of visitors.

 

Texas has a golf industry worth $1.7billion and 907 golf courses (travelmag.com). golf.com ranks Trinity Forest the number one golf course in Texas - it has hosted PGA tour events. Trinity Forest is not sited on sand dunes, of which Texas has many. It is laid out over an almost flat former landfill site. Coul Links designers Coore and Crenshaw designed Trinity Forest.

 

Testament to the abilities of Coore and Crenshaw. And stretching credibility for C4C to imlpy that they need nature to do the design work for them to create a commercially viable course at Coul Farm.

 

NEWS FLASH - 4 August 2023 - With their Coul Links golf course application likely to be considered at September's meeting of the Highland Council North Area Planning Committee, Communities for Coul is making a concerted effort to discredit NatureScot, its methodology and its objection to the planning application. (See Links to local press towards the foot of this page.)

 

NEWS FLASH - 31 July 2023 - Some mixed messaging from the Mike Keiser camp.

 

Golf Digest (25 July) reports that Cabot Highland has broken ground on their new Tom Doak designed golf course adjacent to the now re-named Castle Stuart course. The site is largely gently sloping farmland - "The golf features at the new course will need to be imagined and constructed, like those at Castle Stuart were". (Golf Digest ranks Castle Stuart the 72nd best golf course in the world.) "Cabot Highlands and the Doak Course adds another magnetic force that should not just attract players to the north of Scotland, but also keep them there longer".

 

Meanwhile, the Observer/Guardian (30 July) reports Coul Links planning applicant Communities for Coul doggedly repeating the line that Coul Links "can't be just another golf course. It has to be a world-class golf course ... on genuine links land right next to the sea, following the natural contours, not some artificial obstacles created on flat farmland".

 

Cabot will no doubt be thrilled to hear their new project dismissed as sub-standard - "just another golf course". The Highland Council Planning Committee might take note that a commercially viable golf course could be imagined and constructed on non-environmentally-valuable land at Coul Farm. 

 

NEWS FLASH - 1 June 2023 - The Coul Links golf course application is not listed for consideration in the published agenda of the Highland Council North Planning Applications Committee meeting on 7 June.  https://www.highland.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/4805/north_planning_applications_committee/attachment/81676 The next meeting is scheduled for 9 August. 

 

NEWS FLASH - 17 May 2023 - The Highland Council Planning website has published the Consultation Response from The Highland Council Ecology Officer (dated 16 May). "We object to the proposed development due to insufficient current ecological information to allow a robust assessment of the ecological resources of the site and associated impacts." And: "We also object to the proposal as it is contrary to National Planning Framework 4 Policy 3b that states 'Development proposals for national or major development, or for development that requires an Environmental Impact assessment will only be supported where it can be demonstrated that the proposal will conserve, restore and enhance biodiversity, including nature networks so they are in a demonstrably better state than without intervention'".

 

NEWS FLASH - 12 May 2023 - The week finishes with 1,045 public comments published on the Highland Council Planning website - 726 objections, 311 support comments. 70% against the current golf course plan, 30% in favour.

 

NEWS FLASH - 10 May 2023 - The previous admirable positivity of the Communities4Coul Facebook messaging seems to have lost discipline as their story has lurched to a focus on the objectors. As they loudly announce, objectors NotCoul have distributed a news-sheet to homes in Dornoch, Embo, Brora and Golspie. And, unhelpfully for the golf project, as the C4C tone becomes more confrontational, the first planning application's more toxic and discredited support has resurfaced.

 

NEWS FLASH - 5 May 2023 - NatureScot comment published on Highland Council planning website. "We therefore object to this proposal as it will result in unavoidable adverse effects on natural heritage interests of national importance." "If the planning authority intends to grant planning permission against this advice, you must notify Scottish Ministers."

 

So the Highland councillors on the North Planning Applications Committee will have to decide whether they yet again burden taxpayers with the expense of kicking this can down the road to Scottish Ministers.

 

 

Coul Links golf course current proposal

 

Also see News Archive. The company fronting the proposal has an online presence at  https://www.communities4coul.scot and https://www.facebook.com/Communities4Coul/ For an alternative reading visit https://notcoul.org and https://www.facebook.com/groups/266150027087512/?mibextid=HsNCOg

 

After a local councillor made a shambolic attempt to resurrect the original golf course scheme, with added par 3 course, in Autumn 2020, a more concerted effort to relaunch the project surfaced in January 2021 with the publication of https://www.communities4coul.scot. Communities for Coul, a private limited company registered in Scotland, suggests that Brexit and Covid have changed the economic climate to such an extent that the benefits will outweigh any environmental concerns and further that the new golf course proposal “is now an environmental project with a golf course at its heart".

 

A week later the owner of Coul Farm announced his intention to build a hotel overlooking the links – construction to be started when the golf course receives planning approval.

 

In April 2021, Communities for Coul announced that Mike Keiser, the developer behind the original golf course plan, had been “selected” to build the revived golf course, funding the project should planning consent be granted.

 

Communities for Coul proceeded to stage a postal ballot and series of tightly managed online question and answer sessions to establish a narrative of consultation and public support. Meanwhile The Scottish Government’s Dynamic Coast project mapped areas of coastal flooding where the golf course is to be routed and forecast that the dune edge would retreat inland by up to 93 metres this century. Meanwhile Foveran Links in Aberdeenshire, home to Trump International Scotland golf course, of which Donald Trump said “this will be environmentally better after it is built than it is before”, lost its Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) status due to irreparable damage - extravagant promises of local jobs have never materialised. Parallels will inevitably be drawn.

 

Having declared that the original layout was the only one available at Coul Farm for a “world-class” golf course, Coore and Crenshaw have made modifications to their routing to make small concessions to specific environmental concerns and adopted the mowing of existing vegetation to create fairways. 

 

A scoping application was submitted to The Highland Council in March 2022 with the aim to “file a planning application in 2022 and start work on the project in 2023”. Communities for Coul appealed for £150,000 of crowdfunding to meet the costs of expert support (a target reportedly reached on 26 September 2022). A Proposal of Planning Application Notice (PAN) was submitted on 19 June 2022.

 

Also in June, Cabot, a company associated with Mike Keiser, acquired Castle Stuart golf course near Inverness, renaming it Cabot Highlands and announcing plans for a second course and accommodation on site. Communities for Coul published the opinion that its chosen developer’s plans for Cabot Highlands would have “a significant negative economic impact on the towns and villages of the Dornoch Firth” so Coul Links, from the same developer, was needed as a counterbalance to prevent “very bad news”.

 

The aim to submit a planning application for Coul Links in 2022 was not met. However, with Cabot Highlands, Mike Keiser has put the first piece in place for a new Highland golf coast destination - as the Cabot Highlands' website https://cabothighlands.com depicts it, "Cabot's first UK property in its diverse collection of world-class golf and master-planned communities". Communities for Coul, a limited company perhaps misleadingly referred to in press coverage as a "community group', announced on 9 February 2023 that a planning application for Coul Links has been submitted. The deadline for public comments on the application is 12 May 2023.

 

There are two online petitions to "Save Coul Links". One is still live from the first planning application and currently has attracted more than 93,800 signatures https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/conserve-coul-links-for-nature-not-golf-1  The second is specific to the new planning application  and has already gained more than 24,100 signatures towards its 25,000 target https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-coul-links-protected-nature-from-destructive-deja-vu-golf-course-1

 

 

Planning applications to The Highland Council

 

Reference: 23/00580/FUL

Application received: 5 February 2023

Proposal: Construction of an 18 hole golf course, practice area, access, parking, ancillary intrastructure and the change of use of existing buildings to form clubhouse, pro shop, maintenance shed and ancillary facilities

https://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/simpleSearchResults.do?action=firstPage

 

Reference: 17/04601/FUL

Application received: 29 September 2017

Proposal: Development of 18 hole golf course, erection of clubhouse, renovation of existing buildings for maintenance facility, pro-shop, caddy hut, workshop, administration building, information booth, formation of new private access from C1026

http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OX1OGYIHH0I00

Reference: 17/04404/FUL

Application received: 20 September 2017

Proposal: Drilling of two boreholes and construction of water storage reservoir (maximum capacity 20000cu.m) for irrigation of (future) golf course

http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OWKTCLIHG4S00

 

 

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Not Coul press release - NPAC planning approval 6 December 2023
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Coul Links Golf Course planning notice - NEWS FLASH - 10 March 2023
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Communities for Coul ballot paper - NEWS FLASH - 9 June 2021
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Report to Scottish Ministers
Dated 27 November 2019. 302 pages
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Note of pre-examination meeting
Dated 5 November 2018. Circulated 7 November 2018
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Scottish Ministers' call in letter to The Highland Council 24 August 2018
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Scottish Wildife Trust letter to Ramsar Convention 17 August 2018
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Not Coul Ramsar Appropriate Assessment press release 18 June 2018
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Report by Area Planning Manager (30 May 2018)
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Not Coul press release - letter to Chair of Committee - please reconsider and why 13 June 2018
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Not Coul letter to Chair of Highland Council North Area Planning Committee 11 June 2018
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Loch Fleet SSSI citation
Loch Fleet SSSI citation.pdf
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Loch Fleet SSSI map
Loch Fleet SSSI map.pdf
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Loch Fleet SSSI operations requiring consent from Scottish Natural Heritage
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Scottish planning policy 2014: extract: A natural, resilient place
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Conservation partnership letter to Todd Warnock/Mike Keiser August 2016
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Coul Links Golf press release 25 October 2017
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Coul Links Golf press release final 29 September 2017
Coul Links Golf Press release Final for [...]
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Scottish Natural Heritage response to Highland Council
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Scottish Natural Heritage further response to Highland Council
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SEPA response to Highland Council
Revised 23.03.2018
SEPA response 12Dec2017.pdf
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Coul response
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NotCoul pamphlet August 2016
NotCoul pamphlet.pdf
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Coul Links Golf Course press release
5th September 2016
160831 Press Release Final.pdf
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Coul Links Golf Course press release
29th September 2017
Coul Links Golf Press release Final for [...]
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Castle Stuart and Coul no comparison
Letter to The Northern Times from Dr Tom Dargie and Andrew Weston published 17 November 2017
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Background literature

 

Site Management Statement

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CB0QFjAAahUKEwjUs9Di6ojJAhUGthoKHYQkC24&url=http%3A%2F%2Fgateway.snh.gov.uk%2Fsitelink%2Fdocumentview.jsp%3Bjsessionid%3D0d9c260708c6632e2dad4ab847f4bb000c17af4178a65ecfb153d0c2ee37b94e.e38KahaMax4Rai0Oax8Sb3mMa3z0%3Fp_pa_code%3D984%26p_Doc_Type_ID%3D3&usg=AFQjCNHoxIq_tSbeMhJQXtO1Ojmr_ZMJ_Q

 

Coul Links / Loch Fleet species data

https://regions.nbnatlas.org/feature/1099#group=ALL_SPECIES&subgroup=&from=1850&to=2017&tab=speciesTab

 

The Management Plan for Loch Fleet NNR - Scottish Natural Heritage

http://www.snh.gov.uk/docs/A1622682.pdf

 

Sand Dune Vegetation Survey Of Scotland: Moray Firth

www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/publications/research/181_3.pdf

 

Flora Of East Sutherland - BSBI (pages 37, 39)

bsbi.org.uk/vc107_flora_2013.pdf

 

Survey & Assessment of Lowland Heathland Lichen Habitats (pages 14, 16, 44)

http://www.britishlichensociety.org.uk/sites/www.britishlichensociety.org.uk/files/about-lichens-downloads/Lichen%20Habitats%20-%20Lowland%20Heath,%20Dune%20And%20Machair-pp1to58.pdf

 

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Coul Links golf development

http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/policy-and-campaigns/coul-links/

 

RSPB
Casework Coul Links
 
Scottish Government FOI response concerning communication between Defra and the Ramsar Secretariat
 
Scottish Parliamentary questions concerning Coul Links
 
1 August 2018
LSE - Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Trump golf course partially destroys Site of Special Scientific Interest
 
 
 

LINKS

Our aim is to include links to any web coverage of Coul Links. We apologise for the fact that there will inevitably be ommissions that evade our searches. When multiple outlets reproduce a press release almost verbatim, only the link to the first published is included. It is probable that some older links are no longer viable.

 

23 February 2024

Strathspey & Badenoch Herald

Highland MSP champions housing, not golf courses

https://www.strathspey-herald.co.uk/news/green-msp-speaks-out-against-fergus-ewing-at-aviemore-343084/

 

22 February 2024

The Northern Times

Supporters of Coul Links golf course gather at site and call on ministers to 'respect local democracy'

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/supporters-of-coul-links-golf-course-gather-at-site-and-call-342973/

 

20 February 24

Bird Guides

Scottish ministers call in Coul Links plans

https://www.birdguides.com/news/scottish-ministers-call-in-coul-links-plans/

 

18 February 2024

BNN

Coul Links: A battleground of progress and preservation

https://bnnnreaking.com/politics/coul-links-a-battleground-of-progress-and-preservation

 

18 February 2024

The National

Fergus Ewing in 'astroturfing' row over Coul Links golf course plans

https://www.thenational.scot/news/24125455.fergus-ewing-astroturfing-row-coul-links-golf-course-plans/

 

14 February 2024

The Times

MSPs back Coul Links golf course plan on protected Highlands land

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/msps-back-coul-links-golf-course-plan-on-protected-highlands-land-xnxczsj63

 

13 February 2024

Scottish Daily Express

Fergus Ewing tells SNP government to butt out of Coul Links golf course plan or risk 'trampling on democracy'

https://www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk/news/scottish-news/fergus-ewing-tells-snp-government-32117015

 

13 february 2024

Bunkered

Government urged to approve controversial Scottish golf course

https://www.bunkered.co.uk/golf-news/government-urged-to-approve-controversial-scottish-golf-course/

 

13 February 2024

The Herald

Coul Links: Ewing throws weight behind golf course plans

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/24117017.coul-links-ewing-throws-weight-behind-golf-course-plans/

 

13 February 2024

Yahoo! News

Fergus Ewing joins calls for SNP to approve golf course on protected Scottish beach

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/fergus-ewing-joins-calls-snp-112619527.html

 

13 February 2024

The Press & Journal

Rebel MSP Ewing throws weight behind controversial golf course plans

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/politics/6373011/rebel-msp-ewing-throws-weight-behind-controversial-golf-course-plans/

 

13 February 2024

The Northern Times

Politicians join forces to urge Scottish Government to support Coul Links golf course development

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/politicians-join-forces-to-urge-scottish-government-to-suppo-342071/

 

12 February 2024

The Highland Times

Coul Links review a big step towards halting environmental vandalism

https://thehighlandtimes.com/coul-links-review-a-big-step-towards-halting-environmental-vandalism/

 

12 February 2024

The Highland Times

Scottish Government calls in plan to build golf course on Coul Links

https://thehighlandtimes.com/scottish-government-calls-in-plan-to-build-golf-course-on-coul-links/

 

09 February 2024

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Ministers call-in Coul Links plans

https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/news/ministers-call-in-coul-links-plans/

 

9 February 2024

The Herald

Ministers call in controversial Coul Links golf course proposal

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/24110793.ministers-call-controversial-coul-links-golf-course-proposal/

 

09 February 2024

Ireland Live

Ministers call in plans for golf course on protected land

https://www.ireland-live.ie/news/scotland/1419260/ministers-call-in-plans-for-golf-course-on-protected-land.html

 

09 February 2024

Ross-shire Journal

Scottish Government calls in Coul Links golf course application

https://www.ross-shirejournal.co.uk/news/scottish-government-calls-in-coul-links-golf-course-applicat-341884/

 

09 February 2024

The Northern Times

Communities for Coul 'disappointed' over decision by Scottish Government to review Coul Links planning application

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/communities-for-coul-disappointed-over-decision-by-scottis-341865/

 

09 February 2024

The Northern Times

Conservation Coalition welcomes Scottish Government's decision to call in Coul Links golf course application

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/conservation-coalition-welcome-scottish-governments-decisio-341858/

 

09 February 2024

The National

Ministers intervene as council approves golf course on Scottish beach

https://www.thenational.scot/news/24109306.ministers-intervene-council-approves-golf-course-scottish-beach/

 

09 February 2024

Free Radio

Once again ScotGov to have final say on Coul Links development

https://planetradio.co.uk/mfr/local/news/once-again-scotgov-to-have-final-say-on-coul-links-development/

 

09 February 2024

insider.co.uk

Government calls in council decision to approve golf course

https://www.insider.co.uk/news/government-calls-council-decision-approve-32088654

 

09 February 2024

John O'Groat Journal

Scottish Government calls in Coul Links golf course application

https://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/news/scottish-government-calls-in-coul-links-golf-course-applicat-341804/

 

09 February 2024

Scottish Greens

Coul Links review a big step towards halting 'environmental vandalism'

https://greens.scot/news/coul-links-review-a-big-step-towards-halting-environmental-vandalism

 

03 February 2024

The Daily Record

SNP ministers urged to block US tycoon's golf development on Highland bay amid wildlife fears

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/snp-ministers-urged-block-tycoons-32033573

 

01 February 2024

The Herald

RSPB Scotland urges Scottish Government to refuse goilf course plans

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/24090503.rspb-scotland-urges-scottish-government-refuse-golf-course-plans/

 

01 February 2024

Scottish Daily Express

Thousands call on SNP Minister to scupper multi-million golf course development on unique Scottish coast

https://www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk/news/thousands-call-snp-minister-scupper-32021157

 

25 January 2024

The Northern Times

Not Coul campaigners to speak at Scottish Parliament event

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/not-coul-campaigners-to-speak-at-scottish-parlliament-event-340190/

 

25 January 2024

The Highland Times

Green MSP meets local Coul Links campaigners

https://thehighlandtimes.com/green-msp-meets-local-coul-links-campaigners/

 

05 January 2024

The Northern Times

Communities for Coul invite Coul Links opponent Green MSP Araine Burgess to visit site

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/communities-for-coul-invite-coul-links-opponent-green-msp-ar-338080/

 

28 December 2023

The National (also Yahoo!News)

Scottish Minister sent 1000 objections to Coul Links golf course plans

https://www.thenational.scot/news/24015526.scottish-minister-sent-1000-objections-coul-links-golf-course-plans/

 

26 December 2023

The Northern Times

Coul Links: More than 1000 people urge ministers to call in golf course approval

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/coul-links-more-than-1000-people-urge-ministers-to-call-in-337088/

 

21 December 2023

The Northern Times

Landowner Edward Abel Smith submits screening application for affordable housing on Coul Farm following Coul Links golf course planning consent

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/landowner-edward-abel-smith-submits-screening-application-336615/

 

14 December

Scottish Greens

Save Coul Links: Sign the campaign

https://greens.scot/SaveCoulLinks

 

12 December 2023

The Herald

Coul Links: Do we need another golf course on rare dunes?

https://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/23982875.coul-links-need-another-golf-course-rare-dunes/

 

08 December 2023

The Herald

Golf course row highlights wider problem in the Highlands

https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/23978357.golf-course-row-highlights-wider-problem-highlands/

 

08 December 2023

The Northern Times

Green MSP Ariane Burgess raises Coul Links decision at First Minister's Questions

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/green-msp-araine-burgess-raises-coul-links-decision-at-first-335299/

 

07 December 2023

The Highland Times

Ministers urged to step in and save Coul Links

https://thehighlandtimes.com/ministers-urged-to-step-in-and-save-coul-links/

 

07 December 2023

The National

First minister quizzed on golf course plans at protected Scottish site

https://www.thenational.scot/news/23975248.first-minister-quizzed-golf-course-plans-protected-scottish-site/

 

07 December 2023

The Highland Times

Local MSP urges Ministers to review controversial Coul Links decision

https://thehighlandtimes.com/local-msp-urges-ministers-to-review-controversial-coul-links-decision/

 

07 December 2023

The Mirror

Donald Trump's golf rival Mike Keiser slammed over 'damaging' plans for Scotland course

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/golf/trump-golf-rival-keiser-scotland-31623373

 

07 December 2023

Golf Business News

Coul Links plan passes Highland Council vote

https://golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/coul-links-plan-passes-highland-council-vote/

 

07 December 2023

Scottish Greens

Scottish Green MSP urges miinisters to review controversial Coul Links decision

https://greens.scot/news/scottish-green-msp-urges-ministers-to-review-controversial-coul-links-decision

 

07 December 2023

Bird Guides

Highland Council grants permission for Coul Links golf course

https://www.birdguides.com/news/highland-council-grants-permission-for-coul-links-golf-course/

 

07 December 2023

Sky News

Highland councillors back Coul Links golf course plan

https://news.sky.com/story/highland-councillors-back-coul-links-golf-course-plan-13024808

 

07 December 2023

The Times

Green light for Coul Links golf course despite butterfly effect

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/green-light-for-coul-links-golf-coourse-despite-butterfly-effects-sfljrf8lh

 

06 December 2023

The Northern Times

'This is not the end': Campaign group Not Coul react to Coul Links planning consent

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/this-is-not-the-end-campaign-group-not-coul-react-to-coul-335101/

 

06 December 2023

Scottish Greens

Scottish Greens MSP slams 'totally inappropriate' Coul Links golf development

https://greens.scot/news/scottish-green-msp-slams-totally-inappropriate-coul-links-golf-development

 

06 December 2023

insider.co.uk

Ministers urged to refuse coastal golf course plan after approval from council

https://www.insider.co.uk/news/ministers-urged-refuse-coastal-golf-31614955

 

06 December 2023

The Highland Times

Scottish Green MSP Slams 'Totally Inappropriate' Coul links Golf Development

https://thehighlandtimes.com/scottish-green-msp-slams-totally-inappropriate-coul-links-golf-development/

 

06 December 2023

The Northern Times

Green MSP Ariane Burgess 'shocked' at Coul Links decision

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/green-msp-ariane-burgess-shocked-at-coul-links-decision-335098/

 

06 December 2023

The Herald

Coul Links: Highland golf course on protected dunes approved

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/23972273.coul-links-highland-golf-course-protected-dunes-approved/

 

06 December 2023

The Northern Times

Conservation Coalition urges Scottish Government to again call in Coul Links golf course application following Highland Council's decision to approve it

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/conservation-coalition-urges-scottish-government-to-again-ca-335064/

 

06 December 2023

Scottish Daily Express

SNP Ministers to decide on US billionaire's golf course plan for stunning Highland coast

https://www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk/news/scottish-news/snp-ministers-decide-billionaires-golf-31612218

 

06 December 2023

The National

Coul Links: Row as Scottish council approves disputed golf course plan

https://www.thenational.scot/news/23972125.coul-links-row-scottish-council-approves-disputed-golf-course-plan/

 

06 December 2023

Golf Course Architecture

Coul Links plans approved by local council

https://www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/coul-links-plans-approved-by-local-council

 

06 December 2023

BBC Alba Local news

Councillors back new Coul Links golf course plan

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cjrpj508q7no

 

06 December 2023

The Press & Journal

Coul Links: Councillors back controversial golf course plans

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands-islands/6281519/coul-links-councillors-back-contoversial-golf-course-plans/

 

06 December 2023

The Northern Times

Communities for Coul 'absolutely delighted' over planning approval for Coul Links

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/communities-for-coul-absolutely-delighted-over-planning-ap-335053

 

05 December 2023

The Press & Journal

Coul Links golf course: The story so far

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands-islands/6278980/coul-links-golf-history-meeting-vote-row/

 

04 December 2023

The Northern Times

American businessman in shock bid to take over Golspie Golf Club - EGM to be held on Thursday

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/american-businessman-in-shock-bid-to-take-over-golspie-golf-334845/

 

04 December 2023

The Scottish Sun

NO HOLES PARRED Plans for luxury Scottish golf resort from US billionaire who wants to rival Donald Trump hit by hundreds of complaints

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/money/11610018/luxury-golf-course-coul-links-rejection-council/

 

04 December 2023

The Daily Record

US billionaire's controversial plans for Highlands golf course deemed too damaging to nature

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/billionaires-controversial-plans-highlands-golf-31588691

 

30 November 2023

The Press & Journal

Jim McGillivray: There's no public money, so why write off private Coul Links investment?

https://wwwpressandjournal.co.uk/fp/opinion/6274588/coul-links-golf-private-investment-jim-mcgillivray-opinion/

 

28 November 2023

The Northern Times

Coul Links rejection recommendation 'right response', says Green MSP

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/coul-links-rejection-recommendation-right-response-says-g-334252/

 

28 November 2023

The Scottish Daily Express

Controversial plan to turn Highland dune system into world-class golf course stuck in the rough

https://www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk/community-standards/controversial-plan-turn-highland-dune-31549216

 

28 November 2023

The Northern Times

Councillors under pressure as Coul Liunks decision meeting looms

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/councillors-under-pressure-from-both-sides-as-coul-links-dec-334230/

 

28 November 2023

BBC

New Coul Links golf course recommended for refusal

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cprpwy140dvo

 

27 November 2023

The Press & Journal

Coul Links golf course plans could be REFUSED on environmental grounds

https://pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands-islands/6271985/coul-links-environment-recommendation/

 

27 November 2023

The Northern Times

Coul Links golf course application recommended for refusal by Highland Council planners

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/coul-links-golf-course-application-recommended-for-refusal-b-334052/

 

01 September 2023

The Northern Times

Investigative journalism platform uncovers direct link between Communities for Coul and US golf developers

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/investigative-journalism-platform-uncovers-direct-link-betwe-35121/

 

30 August 2023

The Northern Times

Highland Council delays decision on Coul Links application

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/highland-council-delays-decision-on-coul-links-application-324986/

 

27 August 2023
The Ferret (in tandem with The Sunday Post)

Group labelled 'astroturfing front' for US golf developers

https://theferret.scot/golf-astroturfing-coul-links/

 

4 August 2023

The Northern Times

NatureScot's Coul Links objection branded 'unfair, unjustified and innaccurate'

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/nature-scots-coul-links-objection-branded-unfair-unjustif-322191/

 

4 August 2023

The Press & Journal

Coul Links: community group claims NatureScot objection is 'unfair, unjustified and inaccurate'

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/business/6012217/coul-links-naturescot-objection-unfair/

 

30 July 2023

The Observer

An 'AstroTurf front' for developers? Row over plans to build an eco golf course on a Scottish heritage site

https://www.the guardian.com/environment/2023/jul/30/an-astroturf-front-for-developers-row-0ver-plans-to-build-an-eco-golf-course-on-a-scottish-heritage-site

 

19 May 2023

The Northern Times

Coul Links landowner promises 'crossing' over Loch Fleet if golf course gets go-ahead

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/coul-links-landowner-promises-crossing-over-loch-fleet-if-314213/

 

18 May 2023

The Northern Times
Dornoch Area Community Council votes 4:2 to support Coul Links

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/dornoch-area-community-council-votes-4-2-to-support-coul-lin-314099/

 

17 May 2023

BBC News

Nature agency's concerns over new Coul Links golf course

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islans-65621229

 

17 May 2023

The Insider

NatureScot objects to plans for golf course at Coul Links

https://www.insider.co.uk/news/naturescot-objects-plans-for-golf-course-29999116

 

17 May 2023

The Herald

Coul Links: Golf course plans suffer NatureScot blow

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/23529361.coul-links-golf-course-plans-suffer-naturescot-blow/

 

17 May 2023

The National

NatureScot object to plans for Coul links golf course

https://www.thenational.scot/news/uk-news/23529140.naturescot-object-plans-coul-links-golf-course/

 

17 May 2023

The Times

Naturalists object to billionaire's Coul Links golf course plan

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/naturalists-object-to-billioaire-s-golf-course-plan-gj8w8dkcq

 

17 May 2023

Horticulture Week

NatureScot objects to plans for a luxury golf course at Coul Links

https://www.hortweek.com/naturescot-objects-plans-luxury-golf-course-coul-links/lanscape/article/1823079

 

17 May 2023

Third Force News

Coalition rounds on developer as its plans will damage site of national importance

https://tfn.scot/news/coalition-rounds-on-developer-as-its-plans-will-damage-site-of-national-importance

 

17 May 2023

Buglife

NatureScot objects to plans for a luxury golf course at Coul Links

https://www.buglife.org.uk/news/naturescot-objects-to-plans-for-a-luxury-golf-course-at-coul-links/

 

12 May 2023

The Northern Times

NatureScot's objection to Coul Links welcomed by Green MSP Ariane Burgess

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/naturescots-objection-to-coul-links-welcomed-by-green-msp-a-313488

 

12 May 2023
The Northern Times

Green light for Coul Links would be 'life-enhancing' for East Sutherland, says Runrig star Rory MacDonald
https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/green-light-for-coul-links-would-be-life-enhancing-for-eas-313490

 

9 May 2023

The Northern Times

'We are unable to support this proposal': NatureScot deals blow to Coul Links plan

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/we-are-unable-to-support-this-proposal-naturescot-deals-b-313134/

 

4 May 2023
The Press & Journal
Coul Links golf plan could help stop drain of young people from Sutherland

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands-islands/5685415/coul-links-plan-drain-young-people-sutherland-dornoch-golf/

 

1 May 2023

The Northern Times

Coul Links developers claim opposition to golf course plan is being whipped up by national organisations as hundreds of objections made to Highland Council

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/coul-links-developers-claim-opposition-to-golf-course-plan-i-312252/

 

26 April 2023
The Press & Journal

Coul Links: Objectors outnumber supporters 2 to 1 - but should the powers that be just concentrate on what locals think?
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands-islands/5658376/coul-links-objectors-support-local-golf-plan-c4c/

 

20 April 2023

The Press & Journal

Would-be golf course developer backs Coul Links plan

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/news/highlands-islands/5637712/golf-coul-links-plan-objections-support/

 

16 April 2023

The Ferret (also The National)

Coul Links developer donated to climate denial group

https://theferret.scot/coul-links-developer-donated-climate-denial-group/

 

7 April 2023

The Northern Times

Coul Links golf course development in spotlight as public consultation period nears end

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/coul-links-golf-course-development-in-spotlight-as-public-co-309568/

 

7 April 2023

The Northern Times

Coul Links debate - AGAINST: 'Harm to landscape and access to vital dunes'

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/coul-links-debate-against-harm-to-landscape-and-access-t-309561/

 

7 April 2023

The Northern Times

Coul Links debate - FOR: 'Course will help to protect environment'

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/coul-links-debate-for-course-will-help-to-protect-enviro-309558/

 

7 April 2023

Environment Journal

Irreplaceable Coul Links area threatened by golf course

https://environmentjournal.online/articles/irreplaceable-coul-links-threatened-by-golf-course/

 

6 April 2023

The Northern Times

Coul Links promotional video criticised for use of stock imagery

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/coul-links-promotional-video-criticised-for-use-of-stock-ima-309473/

 

3 April 2023

Butterfly Conservation

The threat to Coul Links is back

https://butterfly-conservation.org/news-and-blog/the-threat-to-coul-links-is-back

 

31 March 2023

The Press & Journal

Coul Links: Environmentalists issue new appeal to public to stop golf course plans

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands-islands/5563330/coul-links-save-rare-species-golf-course/

 

30 March 2023

RSPB

Save Coul Links - here's why we will be objecting (again) and what you can do to help

https://community.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/b/scotland/posts/save-coul-links-why-we-will-be-objecting-again

 

30 March 2023

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Conservation Coalition calls for public's help again to save Coul Links

https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/news/conservation-coalition-calls-for-publics-help-again-to-save-coul-links

 

30 March 2023

Scottish Field

Conservationists object to Coul Links golf course

https://www.scottishfield.co.uk/news/conservationists-object-to-coul-links-golf-course/

 

29 March 2023

The Highland Times

Green MSP Raises Concerns Over Video Fakery in Coul Links Campaign

https://thehighlandtimes.com/green-msp-raises-concerns-over-video-fakery-in-coul-links-campaign

 

29 March 2023

The Scotsman

Video featuring 'fake' locals branded 'embarrassing' in US billionaire's bid to build championship golf course on scenic Scottish Highland dunes

https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/video-featuring-fake-locals-branded-embarrassing-in-us-billionaires-bid-to-build-championship-golf-course-on-scenic-scottish-highland-dunes-4083196#

 

24 March 2023

The Northern Times

Dornoch Community Council to hold special 'fact finding' meeting before deciding its stance on Coul Links

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/dornoch-community-council-to-hold-special-fact-finding-mee-308095/

 

20 March 2023

Links Magazine

Could the Scottish Highlands become a golf destination on par with St. Andrews?

https://linksmagazine.com/could-the-scottish-highlands-become-a-golf-destination-on-par-with-st-andrews?utm_campaign=insider3.20.23&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=251498948&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--iH-Cys_ZxcRLwPxZ-rrXw7psp-0tggTpNB4cx_g6pBABIGgeT0-_-8dYaegXk05vAp0BUugJVxqlv38dXonOcNkmSmw%utm_source=newsletter

 

17 March 2023

Sky News

Walking group fighting fresh plans for Coul Links golf course in the Highlands 'that will cross John o'Groats Trail'

https://news.sky.com/story/walking-group-fighting-fresh-plans-for-coul-links-golf-course-in-the-highlands-that-will-cross-john-ogroats-trail-12836284

 

17 March 2023

The National

Group behind Coul Links golf course proposal defend plans

https://www.thenational.scot/news/23393992.group-behind-coul-links-golf-course-proposal-defend-plans/

 

17 March 2023

The Northern Times

'Deeply concerning': Green MSP Ariane Burgess speaks out against renewed Coul Links plan

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/deeply-cpncerning-green-msp-ariane-burgess-speaks-out-aga-307156/

 

17 March 2023

BBC News

Walking group opposes fresh plans for Coul Links golf course

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-64979971

 

16 March 2023

Scottish Daily Express

Fears over iconic Scottish sand dunes as developer plots new 18-hole golf course

https://www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk/news/scottish-news/fears-over-iconic-scottish-sand-29477612

 

16 March 2023

The Highland Times

Green MSP condemns return of Coul Links threat

https://thehighlandtimes.com/green-msp-condemns-return-of-coul-links-threat/

 

16 March 2023

John O'Groat Journal

Ramblers Scotland gear up for fresh fight against Coul Links golf course plan with launch of petition

https://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/news/ramblers-scotland-gear-up-for-fresh-fight-against-coul-links-307044/

Also The Northern Times

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/ramblers-scotland-gear-up-for-fresh-fight-against-coul-links-307038/

 

16 March 2023

The National

Ramblers Scotland voices opposition to revived Coul Links development

https://www.thenational.scot/news/23390734.ramblers-scotland-voices-opposition-revived-coul-links-development/

 

16 March 2023

Walkhighlands

Walkers fight to once again save Highland dunes

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/news/walkers-fight-to-once-again-save-highland-dunes/

 

7 March 2023

The Press & Journal - Planning Ahead Highland

Major plans unveiled for Coul Links golf course

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands-islands/5469706/major-plans-unveiled-for-links-golf-course-cafe-bistro-on-the-cards-for-inverness-and-99-new-homes-planned-in-alness/

 

24 February 2023

The Press and Journal

First impression of planned £20m eco-hotel for Coul Links golf resort

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands-islands/5434822/coul-links-golf-eco-hotel/

 

24 February 2023

Golf Business News

Planning consent given for Coul Links hotel

https://golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/planning-consent-given-for-coul-links-hotel/

 

23 February 2023

Bunkered

Boost for Coul Links as hotel permission granted

https://www.bunkered.co.uk/golf-news/boost-for-coul-links-as-hotel-permission-granted

 

22 February 2023

The Northern Times

Planning consent granted for first phase of £20 million Coul links eco-hotel

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/planning-consent granted-for-first-phase-of-20-million-coul-304334/


10 February 2023

Beyond the Contour

Mike Keiser, Coore & Crenshaw's Coul Links Planning Application Resubmitted

https://beyondthecontour.com/mike-keiser-coore-crenshaws-coul-links-planning-application-resubmitted/

 

9 February 2023

Golf Course Architecture

Community group sublits new planning application for Coul Links

https://www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/community-group-submits-new-planning-application-for-coul-links

 

9 February 2023

The Northern Times

Major milestone reached as community group lodges fresh planning application for championship golf course at Coul Links

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/major-milestone-reached-as-community-group-lodges-fresh-plan-302789/

 

2 February 2023

Chronicle Herald

Opinion - Raymond Plourde: Pop Cabot's trial balloon now

https://ecologyaction.ca/resources-media/press-releases/opinion-raymond-plourde-pop-cabots-trial-balloon-now?fbclid=IwAR1IX8R8YhTyGofnJ_01eZe5s3V34jx4x9-PmzochNNaJbJHdSVPqLWi-S4

 

2 February 2023

The Herald

North Coast 500: Staffing shortages threaten Scotland's tourist route

https://www.heraldscotland.com/business_hq/23293068.north-coast-500-staffing-shortages-threaten-ecotlands-tourist-route/

 

4 November 2022
The National

Plans for Sutherland golf course backed as 'essential' for local economy

https://www.thenational.scot/sport/23100211.plans-sutherland-golf-course-backed-essential-local economy/

 

3 November 2022

The Northern Times

New owners of Dornoch Hotel get behind bid for championship golf course at Coul Links and donate £10k to community group pushing plan forward
https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/new-owners-of-dornoch-hotel-get-behind-bid-for-championship-292311/

 

3 November 2022

Ross-Shire Journal
Easter Ross town of Tain could tee up spin off from new world-class Coul Links golf course at Dornoch, claim owners of luxury hotel
https://www.ross-shirejournal.co.uk/news/easter-ross-town-could-benefit-from-new-golf-course-claim-292421/

 

3 November 2022

Golf Business News

Dornoch Hotel owners back plans to build new course at Coul Links

https://golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/dornoch-hotel-owners-back-plans-to-build-new-course-at-coul-links/

 

24 October 2022

The Northern Times

Community group behind renewed bid for Coul Links golf course reaches £150k fundraising target towards costs of submitting planning application
 
21 October 2022
Bunkered
Keiser "Coul Links can be one of the greatest courses in the world"
 
20 October 2022
Golf Business News
Design tean rates Coul Links site as potential for 'one of the world's great courses'
 
26 September 2022
Sports Illustrated
Chasing (and Building) Authenticity: Mike Keiser's Approach to Good Golf and Good Business
 
11 August 2022
The Press and Journal
Planning chairman tells members to 'keep and open mind' on new Coul links golf course plans
 
2 August 2022
BBC News
New Coul Links golf plans outlined to council
 
27 July 2022
The Press and Journal
Coul Links: golf course plans still driving a wedge between rival groups
 
27 July 2022
The Press and Journal
Coul Links: revived golf course plans go on display to the public in Sutherland
 
19 July 2022
The Press and Journal
Coul Links: Group behind golf course plans issues challenge to environmental critics
 

17 July 2022

surfbirds.com

Internationally protected Coul Links once again under threat from golf course

https://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/blog/2022/07/17/internationally-protected-coul-links-once-again-under-threat-from-golf-course/

 

15 July 2022

ENDS Report

Golf course plans could see decline of second rare dune habitat, warn NGOs

https://www.endsreport.com/article/1793224/golf-course-plans-decline-second-rare-dune-habitat-warn-ngos

 

12 July 2022

The Herald

In the shadow of Trump. Coul Links golf course controversy

https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/20272522.shadow-trump-coul-links-golf-course-controversy/

 

12 July 2022

birdguides.com

Coul Links once again under threat from golf course

https://www.birdguides.com/news/coul-links-once-again-under-threat-from-golf-course/

 

9 July 2022

The Northern Times

Environmental coalition voices concern over renewed Coul Links golf course plan

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/environmental-coalition-voices-concern-over-renewed-coul-lin-280978/

 

8 July 2022

The National

Coul Links golf course: Concerns raised over plans to build on Sutherland dunes

https://www.thenational.scot/news/20265711.coul-links-golf-course-concerns-raised-plans-build-sutherland-dunes/

 

8 July 2022

The Press and Journal

The Coul Links saga continues: Application for world class course could be in by autumn

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands-islands/4505563/coul-links-golf-plan-could-be-submitted-by-early-autumn/

 

8 July 2022

The Times

Charities united against golf course on wildlife site

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/charities-united-against-golf-course-on-wildlife-site-w8t7p08x5

 

8 July 2022

The Herald

Coul Links: New golf course plans raise concerns

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/20265305.coul-links-new-golf-course-plans-raise-concerns/

 

8 July 2022

STV News

Internationally protected site 'under threat' from 18-hole golf course

https://www.stv.tv/highlands-islands/national-trust-rspb-scotland-and-five-others-in-environmental-coalition-warn-of-coul-links-golf-course-plans

 

8 July 2022

BBC News

Coul Links: Environmental groups voice concern at golf course plans

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-62065217

 

8 July 2022

RSPB (press release)

Internationally protected Coul Links once again under threat from golf course

https://www.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/coullinks2022/

 

27 June 2022

The Press and Journal

A 'perfect fit': Canadian golf course resort operator acquires Castle Stuart with plans for second course and luxury homes

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands-islands/4465494/a-perfect-fit-canadian-golf-resort-operator-cabot-acquires-castle-stuart/

 

24 June 2022

The Northern Times

Public exhibition to be held in Embo next month on Coul Links golf course plan

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/public-exhibition-to-be-held-in-embo-next-month-on-coul-link-279415/

 

8 June 2022

Sports Illustrated

Coul Links Prospects Heating Up Again

https://www.si.com/golf/travel/a-new-duel-in-the-desert-at-mexicos-cabo-del-sol

 

2 May 2022

Bunkered

Conservation groups hit back at plans for "world-class" links

https://www.bunkered.co.uk/golf-news/conservation-groups-hit-back-at-plans-for-world-class-links

 

4 April 2022

STV News

Plans resurface for golf course developemnt on protected site

https://news.stv.tv/v/plans-resurface-for-golf-course-development-in-sutherland-on-protected-site

 

31 March 2022

Bunkered

Crowd-funding campaign launched for new Scottish course

https://www.bunkered.co.uk/golf-news/crowd-funding-campaign-launched-for-new-scottish-course

 

25 March 2022

Golf Business News

Coul Links developers submit more 'environmentally sensitive' plan

https://golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/fresh-coul-links-plan-promises-to-be-environmentally-sensitive/

 

25 March 2022

BBC News

Group says golf project would protect dune habitat

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cv2xx77xx4zo

 

25 March 2022

Golf Course Architecture

Coul Links project resurfaces with submission of scoping application

https://www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/coul-links-project-resurfaces-with-submission-of-scoping-application

 

25 March 2022

The Northern Times

Communities for Coul reach major milestone with submission of 'scoping application' to Highland Council for championship golf course at Coul Links

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/breaking-news-communities-for-coul-reach-major-milestone-wi-270055/

 

25 November 2022

The Press and Journal

Fresh Coul Links plan promises to be 'environmentally sensitive' as major golf course project moves a step closer

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands-islands/4095818/fresh-coul-links-plan-promises-to-be-environmentally-sensitive-as-major-golf-course-project-moves-a-step-closer/

 

25 November 2021

The Northern Times

Sutherland beaches at risk of being lost within 30 years due to coastal erosion

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/sutherland-beaches-at-risk-of-being-lost-within-30-years-bec-255794/

 

22 October 2021

The Northern Times

'Coul' response to council

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/coul-response-to-council-254760/

 

15 October 2021

Business Insider

Satellite photos show how Trump wrecked a sensitive sand dune system in Scotland to build a luxury golf course

https://www.businessinsider.com/photos-trump-luxury-golf-course-wrecked-scotland-sand-dune-system-2021-10?amp

 

15 October 2021

The Northern Times

Cool response to request for Coul Links support letter

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/cool-response-to-request-for-coul-links-support-letter-253968/

 

16 June 2021

The Press and Journal

New bid for controversial luxury 18-hole golf course in Highlands given boost after public vote

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/3238957/new-bid-for-controversial-luxury-18-hold-golf-course-in-highlands-given-boost-after-public-vote/

 

16 June 2021

The Northern Times

Local poll result shows majority backing for golf course at Coul Links

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/public-vote-backs-golf-course-plan-241718/

 

6 June 2021

The Press and Journal

First look at what a proposed £20m eco hotel in the Highlands could look like

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/3205720/first-look-at-what-a-proposed-20m-eco-hotel-in-the-highlands-could-look-like/

 

4 June 2021

The Northern Times

Coul Entreprises lodges planning application for first phase of its £20m eco hotel development in Sutherland

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/20m-eco-hotel-plans-lodged-with-council-240048/28

 

May 2021

Transition Black Isle

Coul Links - Mike Keiser back in the picture

https://www.transitionblackisle.org/coul-links.asp

 

28 May 2021

The Northern Times

East Sutherland communities to be canvassed to gauge level of local support for renewed Coul Links golf course plan

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/east-sutherland-communities-to-be-canvassed-to-gauge-level-o-239627/

 

17 May 2021

The Northern Times

C4C to hold 'Town Hall' meetings to update East Sutherland communities on Coul Links golf plan

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/c4c-to-hold-town-hall-meetings-to-update-east-sutherland-c-238493/

 

29 April 2021

Bunkered

Coul Links announces return of Mike Keiser to proposed development

https://www.bunkered.co.uk/golf-news/coul-links-announces-return-of-mike-keiser-to-proposed-development

 

29 April 2021

The Northern Times

'Major milestone' as Communities For Coul tee up golf course architect Mke Keiser

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/major-milestone-as-communities-for-coul-tee-up-golf-course-236647/

 

24 April 2021

The Northern Times

Loch Fleet crossing a 'fantastic idea'

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/loch-fleet-crossing-a-great-idea-235931/

 

19 April 2021

ecohustler.com

More golf courses in Scotland too coarse for the environment

https://ecohustler.com/nature/more-golf-courses-in-scotland-too-coarse-for-the-environment

 

31 March 2021

Planet Golf

Farmer reveals plan to rebuild lost Scottish links at Castlecraig

https://www.planetgolf.com/news/farmer-reveals-plan-to-rebuild-lost-scottish-links-at-castle-craig

 

28 March 2021

The Northern Times

Coul Links Hotel developer launches 'Coul Collective' and calls for local businesses to become involved

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/coul-links-hotel-developer-launches-coul-collective-and-ca-232961/

 

27 March 2021

Ross-Shire Jounal (also 28 March 2021 The Northern Times)

'Worls class' Easter Ross golf course vision has history behind it as Nigg farmer reveals plans for major development which would tee up boost for local economy

https://www.ross-shirejournal.co.uk/news/world-class-golf-course-vision-revealed-for-easter-ross-233039/

 

27 March 2021

Bunkered

Highlands farmer hopes to build new 'world class' Scottish course

https://www.bunkered.co.uk/golf-news/highlands-farmer-hopes-to-build-new-world-class-scottish-course

 

25 March 2021

The Northern Times

Coul Links an election issue

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/coul-links-an-election-issue-232735/

 

25 March 2021

The Press & Journal

Farmer unveils plans for world class golf course on site at Nigg

https://www.pressand journal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/2999584/golf-course/

 

21 March 2021

The Scotsman

Coul Links: Leading economist says new Scottish government guidance could pave way for golf course approval as pandemic highlights need for 'crucial' investment

https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/coul-links-leading-economist-says-new-scottish-government-guidance-could-pave-way-for-golf-course-approval-as-pandemic-highlights-need-for-crucial-investment-3173134

 

21 March 2021

The Guardian

Renewed Highland golf course plan has environmentalists crying 'Fore!'

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/mar/21/renewed-highland-golf-course-plan-has-environmentalists-crying-fore

 

19 February 2021

The Northern Times

Dornoch hotelier plans four-star upgrade if renewed Coul Links golf course plan successful

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/dornoch-hotelier-plans-four-star-upgrade-if-renewed-coul-links-golf-course-plan-successful-228362/

 

18 February 2021

The Press & Journal

Clubs chip in support for move to revive Coul Links plan

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/2912014/coul-links/

 

17 February 2021

Brora Golf Club news

Brora support for new Coul Links plans

https://broragolfclub.co.uk/news/brora-support-for-new-coul-links-plans

 

10 February 2021

The Northern Times

Lease agreement reached over Coul Links

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/lease-agreement-reached-over-coul-links-227593/

 

9 February 2021

Bunkered

'Defeated' golf course plans to be resurrected

https://www.bunkered.co.uk/golf-news/report-coul-links-plans-set-to-be-resurrected

 

5 February 2021

BBC Sounds - Good Morning Scotland

starting 1:16:50 in

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000rwkg

 

5 February 2021

The Press & Journal

Highland community to lease site earmarked for revived golf course plan

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/2874139/coul-links-golf/

 

5 February 2021

BBC News

Coul Links: New plans for golf course in Sutherland

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-55932945

 

29 January 2021

The Northern Times

Investors prepared to back Coul Links Hotel

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/investors-will-back-coul-links-hotel-226276/

 

28 January 2021

The Press & Journal

Plans to build eco hotel if Highland golf course development is revived

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/2848609/eco-hotel/

 

26 January 2021

The Press & Journal

Controversial golf course plans could be back on as campaign group calls refusal 'grave disservice' to area

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/2842054/controversial-golf-course-plans-could-be-back-on-as-campaign-group-calls-refusal-grave-disservice-to-area/

 

22 January 2021

The Northern Times

Community group formed to revive Coul Links golf plan

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/community-group-formed-to-revive-coul-links-golf-plan-225637/

 

13 December 2020

The National

Scotland 'let down' by Trump over £1 billion boost fail, ex-advisor says

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18940631.scotland-let-down-trump-no-economic-boost-appears-sssi-lost/

 

9 December 2020

Scottish Construction Now

Sand dunes damaged by Trump's golf links at Menie stripped of conservation status

https://www.scottishconstructionnow.com/article/sand-dunes-damaged-by-trump-s-golf-links-at-menie-stripped-of-conservation-status

 

7 December 2020

The Courier
Number of planning decisions overturned by Scottish Government raises fears for local democracy

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/politics/scottish-politics/1789903/number-of-decisions-overturned-by-scottish-government-raises-fears-for-local-democracy/

 

21 October 2020

Planetgolf

Approval for second Trump International golf course in Scotland

https://www.planetgolf.com/news/approval-for-second-trump-international-golf-course-in-scotland

 

20 October 2020

The Northern Times (also Ross-Shire Journal 21 October 2020)

Two-year obstacle to new Coul Links plan

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/two-year-obstacle-to-coul-links-plan-215720/

 

2 October 2020

The Northern Times

Golf course at Coul Links in the frame again

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/coul-links-course-in-the-frame-again-213744/

 

19 September 2020

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Coul Links decision should draw a line in the sand

https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/news/coul-links-decision-should-draw-a-line-in-the-sand/

 

14 September 2020

The Scotsman

Campaigners pledge to fight new plan for golf course at wildlife site

https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/campaigners-pledge-fight-new-plan-golf-course-wildlife-site-2970275

 

10 September 2020

Links Magazine

Dumbarnie and Coul Links: How two acclaimed links course proposals met vastly different fates

https://www.linksmagazine.com/dumbarnie-and-coul-links/

 

14 August 2020

community.rspb.org.uk

We need your votes! Save Coul Links campaign shortlisted for Scottish Charity Awards!

https://community.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/b/scotland/posts/we-need-your-votes-save-coul-links-campaign-shortlisted-for-scottish-charity-awards

 

1 July 2020

The Planner

Planning reporters delivered an improved performance during 2019/20

https://www.theplanner.co.uk/news/planning-reporters-delivered-an-improved-performance-during-201920

 

29 June 2020

John O'Groat Journal and Caithness Courier

Focus must be on socio-economic benefit from spaceport, says Thurso councillor

https://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/news/focus-must-be-on-socio-economic-benefit-from-spaceport-says-thurso-councillor-204318/

 

17 May 2020

The Northern Times

As I see it: It is now over to Coul Links opponents to develop the area for eco-tourism

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/the-way-i-see-it-it-is-now-over-to-the-coul-links-opponents-to-develop-the-area-for-eco-tourism-199914/

 

9 May 2020

The Herald

The walk: Littleferry - great for wildlife, but not for golf

https://www.heraldscotland.com/life_style/18433044.walk-littleferry---great-wildlife-not-golf/

 

 

 

 

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