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SNH hits out at super resort plan

Dall Estate Plan. Pic by M James and McKenzie Strictland Associates
The plans for the Dall Estate have been lodged with the council

Scottish Natural Heritage has added its voice to protests over plans to build an exclusive £1.3bn luxury resort at Loch Rannoch in Perthshire.

The heritage body said the plan could negatively impact on the ancient Caledonian pine woodlands and the character of the Dall Estate.

It is calling on Perth and Kinross Council to refuse the application from Dall Estate and M James Developments.

The proposals include a hotel, two golf courses and club house for the site.

Last week the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Scotland said the development could seriously impact on the number of capercaillie in the area.

'Unique area'

Conservationists believe there are about 2,000 capercaillie left in Scotland.

Denise Reed, SNH area manager, said: "The design and scale of this development would be out of place in its surroundings and could have far-reaching and harmful impacts on a part of Scotland renowned for its iconic and dramatic scenery.

"Ancient Caledonian pine woods are only present in Scotland, and it is crucial for SNH and others to ensure their long-term future.

"We are very concerned that this proposal could compromise this protected and unique area."

Developers behind the plan say that if given the go ahead, it would create hundreds of new jobs for the area.

The application to build the new resort in Perthshire is currently making its way through the Perth and Kinross Council planning system.

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