National Park offers recommendation of approval for planning.
The development of Scotland’s first commercial gold mine has won approval for planning permission from the Director of Planning to the board of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority.
The Parks Board will consider the application and make its decision at a special meeting on October 24 and 25 at the Crianlarich Village Hall, close to the proposed position of the mine near Tyndrum and Coconish in Scotland.
A range of national and local organisations, as well as individuals including local residents, politicians, jewellers and academia, have given their support to the planning application for the delivery of Scotland’s first commercial gold mine.
Subsequent to the narrow refusal of the original application by the Park Board in August 2010, the company hoping to operate the mine, Scotgold, met on a number of occasions with senior representatives of the Park Authority to discuss specific reasons for refusal while addressing other concerns.
To date, the mine’s development has won support from the Scottish Tourism Forum, local councils, Scottish Chambers of Commerce, the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA), the Assay Office Scotland, a number of MPs and MSPs and local residents for whom the mine will bring employment opportunities.
Scotgold’s chief executive Chris Sangster said of the approval: “We are delighted with the recommendation in the report and are confident that, in considering its decision, the Parks Board will endorse the executive director’s recommendation.
“This would represent the culmination of three years’ detailed work towards planning a mining development which meets the exacting environmental standards required by the National Park Authority whilst providing a significant commercial opportunity in the interests of all stakeholders, in particular the local community which has been a keen supporter for a development that promises increased local employment and economic activity,” he added.
The Company and its agents has worked closely with the National Park Authority, particularly over the past year following the negative planning decision in August 2010.
The full content of the report is available on the website of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park at www.lochlomond-trossachs.org.