Public exhibition planned for Embo next month on the Coul Links golf course plan


Communities for Coul (C4C) is due to hold a public exhibition next month as its plans for a world-class golf course and environmental project at Coul Links take the next step.

The group filed a Notice of Pre-Planning Application (PAN) for the project with Highland Council on June 19.

Course designer Bill Coore, of Coore & Crenshaw, with a group of visitors at the site of the proposed course.

A previous bid to develop a golf course on the Coul Links site was rejected by Scottish ministers in 2020 and C4C said the exhibition will highlight how it has addressed concerns raised during the drawing up new plans.

Visitors will have the opportunity to make their own comments on the proposals – and questions will be followed by an online presentation at the end of August.

C4C, a not-for-profit company set up by a group of local people in the Dornoch Firth area, submitted a scoping application to Highland Council earlier this year.

The group says a key aspect of their proposal is a comprehensive plan to restore and protect the Coul Links Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on the shores of the Dornoch Firth.

It says that as well as protecting the rugged coastal environment, the development would economically transform the area, create much-needed jobs for locals and boost its reputation as a golf destination.

Submission of a NAP by the group informs the local authority of C4C’s intention to submit a full planning application in due time.

A C4C spokesperson said: “We have worked hard with our new team to consider the concerns raised by Scottish Ministers in the previous request.

“We are excited about the changes and strongly believe we can deliver a world-class golf course that will benefit our region and lastingly improve the environment at Coul Links.”

The exhibition will take place at the Embo Community Center from 3-7pm on Wednesday July 27th.

C4C will also use its website: www.community4coul.scot to inform the public of the progress of its plans.

A community ballot organized by Communities for Coul last year demonstrated a high level of local support for our plans, with a 69.2% vote in favor and a turnout of 44.4%.

The exhibition will take place at the Embo Community Center from 3-7pm on Wednesday July 27th.


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