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Forest fears over luxury resort

Dall Estate. Pic by M James and McKenzie Strickland Associates
Developers say the resort will create jobs and boost the economy

Concerns have been raised over the effect building a luxury resort in Highland Perthshire could have on ancient woodland and wildlife.

The Dall Estate and M James Developments believe hundreds of jobs could be created by their private members club at Loch Rannoch.

Facilities including a hotel, two golf courses, a spa and houses are planned.

However, the Woodland Trust Scotland fears part of the ancient Caledonian forest could be destroyed.

It is also concerned that populations of capercaillie, black grouse, bats, red squirrels and golden eagles could also be affected.

The charity is lodging its objections to the plans with Perth and Kinross Council.

Spokesman Andrew Fairbairn said: "It is disappointing that, in this day and age, with so much more awareness of the importance of protecting the natural environment that a developer can propose something so damaging and ludicrous that would result in thousands of years of evolution being lost forever.

"Ancient woodland is an irreplaceable habitat.

"We call on Perth and Kinross council to throw out this planning application, due to the totally unacceptable level of environmental vandalism it will cause, and to allow this fragment of the once great forest to remain."

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