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Charity objects to luxury resort

Dall Estate. Pic by M James and McKenzie Strickland Associates
The resort will feature a hotel, golf courses, spa, and shops

One of Scotland's leading conservation charities has submitted a formal objection to plans to build a luxury resort in Highland Perthshire.

Dall Estate and M James Developments want to create a private members club on the shores of Loch Rannoch.

The developers believe the hotel, two golf courses, spa, restaurant and shops would create hundreds of jobs.

However, the John Muir Trust feels it would have a negative impact on the wildlife and beauty of the area.

Helen McDade, head of policy for the trust, said: "As it stands, this speculative proposal seems to be a particularly inappropriate development in a special wild place.

"We have particular concern about the seven-storey broch which will emerge from the water. This 'iconic' structure will end up dominating a landscape which is already extremely iconic in itself.

"There will be a highly detrimental impact to the natural beauty and amenity of the Glen Lyon and Loch Rannoch National Scenic Area, from which local tourism only stands to suffer."

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