Stop Coul Links Golf Course


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Butterfly Conservation - Briefing

Thinking of making an objection? You'll be in excellent company...

The following organisations have all submitted objections, click the logos to read PDFs
International Otter Survival Fund Objection
Scottish Natural Heritage Objection
Tain & District Field Club
Ramblers Scotland Objection

Objecting doesn’t mean you object to the idea of a golf course here, just that you think the developers should do the simple and responsible thing: revise their plans and site the course away from the sensitive sand dunes and Coul beach.

It will take just 5 minutes to let the planning authorities know that you are concerned. But those 5 minutes could help save this beach and dunes for countless future generations.

The closing date for making objections to the planning application keeps changing.


There are 2 ways you can make an objection

1.     ONLINE
Use the Highland Council ePlanning website http:/

Go to the search tab and enter the planning application number 17/04601/FUL
Or - click: to go straight there and add your opinion.

 Useful to know
What you can write is limited to 5000 characters (not words). There is a special text box for comments.
You have only 10 minutes to add your text on the web site - file attachments are not allowed.
If you have a lot to say it makes sense type it first, check the length and then copy to the text box online.

Send a letter, hand-written or typed, as long as you like. Send to:

The Head of Planning and Building Standards

ePlanning Centre, The Highland Council,

Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX

You must include the application reference: 17/04601/FUL in your letter.

Whichever method you use you should give your own reasons for objecting.

We don’t want to give you templates to follow, we prefer you to understand the case against this dreadful development. It goes against the Local Development Plan and Scottish planning policy. These exist to protect nature conservation areas already recognised for their importance - as SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) under Scottish legislation, SPA (Special Protection Area) under EU legislation and the Ramsar Convention (the international treaty protecting wetlands of international importance).

See these pages for more information:

Wilderness >>

Planning >>

Developers >>

Press >>

Coul is one of nature’s crown jewels: biodiversity assets which will sustain individual well-being, economies, local ecosystems and the whole planet’s biosphere into the future.

Buglife Scotland Objection
IUCN WCPA Objection
RSPB Scotland Objection
National Trust for Scotland Objection

The course claims a design which respects the dune landforms and avoids juniper and dune wetland. The opposite is found at the 16th hole. More than half of all juniper bushes at Coul are on the southern fairway. The wetland under both 16th fairways will be destroyed by burial. The extensive hummocky dunes will be bulldozed to make a playing surface of very different shape and scale.  This was just the first hole that Not Coul looked at in any detail. Above the area in Autumn when dry and below the area floods in winter.

Scottish Wildlife Trust Objection
Plantlife Objection

SEPA's objection was removed in the consultation letter of March 2018.


Here's how to object to the planning application for an 18-hole golf course on the beautiful sand dunes at Coul Links, East Sutherland, Scotland