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Bypass probe set for woods claims

Woods at Kingcausie [Pic: Woodland Trust]
The planned bypass is being assessed at a public inquiry

An environmental impact assessment on the planned Aberdeen bypass is inadequate, an inquiry is to be told.

The Woodland Trust Scotland said it expected to give evidence at the ongoing public inquiry on Thursday.

The trust said it would testify that woods have been undervalued and would be seriously damaged.

Transport Scotland said gathering ecological data used recognised professional techniques and woodland loss would be minimised.

The bypass is aimed at easing traffic and improving business.

The ongoing inquiry at the Hilton Aberdeen Treetops Hotel got under way earlier this month and is expected to last several weeks.

The Scottish Government said the probe was necessary because of the public response.

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