As you will be aware, the planning application for the development of an 18-hole golf course, submitted by Coul Links Limited, has been called in by Scottish Ministers for their determination. A planning inquiry is due to commence on 26th February 2019.
It is anticipated that, as a result of the Inquiry process, visits to the application site are likely to increase. There is a risk this could lead to adverse impact on nature conservation interests, such as disturbance to plant life or waterfowl during the winter period. Regrettably there has already been one recorded instance of plants being removed from the site without consent. However, the majority of disturbance is unintentional and can be avoided through raised awareness.
Access rights exist under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. The landowner wishes to ensure that access within the site is undertaken strictly in terms of the approved Scottish Outdoor Access Code to ensure that disturbance is minimised, an objective which I know you will support.
The landowner would respectfully request that should you wish to take access to the application site to undertake a survey which:
is intensive over a small area; or
requires frequent repeat visits; or
will require observation of a few days in the same place; or
requires the use of any equipment or instruments
then please contact Chris Haspell, Project Manager for the Coul Links Golf Course Development firstname.lastname@example.org in order that he may manage the visits and advise on any precautions to be taken.
This request should not be interpreted as restricting access rights to be on the site or to cross it, simply to ensure that the exercise of the rights are exercised responsibly and do not adversely affect the site's nature conservation interests.
I have below attached a link to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for ease of reference.
A link to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code 2005 is below: