Coul Links

Keeping you up to date with John’s work on the proposed Coul Links golf development

  • On Friday 21st February the Scottish Government delivered its decision on the Coul Links application, refusing the permission and closing the application!
  • On Wednesday 16th January 2020 John led a Member’s Business Debate on Celebrating Scotland’s Wetlands. He called again on the Scottish Government to reject the Coul Links application. You can watch the closing of John’s speech here: Or you can read more about the debate here:
  • John pressed the Scottish Government on 18th December 2019 on when it will make a decision on the called-in application for Coul Links. You can watch the exchange here:
  • An interesting letter sent by Ardgay and District Community Council to the Scottish Government: Ardgay and District News
  • On 20th June 2018 Highland Council’s North Planning Committee approved the Coul Links golf development application. This was despite the strong objections of Scottish Natural Heritage and more than 1500 members of the public. Following the decision to approve the application John wrote to the Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP, as the Minister responsible for planning matters to urge the Scottish Government to call-in the application.  You can read John’s letter here: 
  • On July 23rd John received a response to the above Letter. The response outlines the process of a Minister’s decision whether to call in the application or not. You can read the Minister’s response here: 

  • John raised concerns with the First Minister at FMQs on  8th February 2018


  • John has also raised the development with ministers in a number of written questions, which you can see here.
  • He also raised it in the chamber with the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform:
  • John has lodged an objection to the planning application with the Highland Council objection
  • John’s objection also covers the application by developers to drill a bore hole on the site
Coul bore hole
Confirmation of John’s objection to a borehole application associated with the Coul Links development