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The man behind the Coul Links golf development in the north of Scotland has welcomed news that the Highland Council has deferred making a decision on the proposals.

Todd Warnock declared himself ‘humbled’ that council members have decided to further consider the plans for the new course at Embo, near Dornoch, and that he expects a final resolution ‘in the next couple of weeks’.

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“This is clearly a highly significant milestone in this project,” said Warnock. “We think there has been a fair and thorough assessment of the plans.

“We are thankful and respectful for all the statutory bodies and members of the local community – including those who opposed the development – for their engagement in the discussions.

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“The fact that every council member who spoke was supportive and that no council member was prepared to put forth a motion for refusal was deeply gratifying.”

Some council officials had previously called for the course to be rejected on environmental grounds. Part of the planned course would be situated on a Site of Special Scientific Interest and it had been argued by opponents to the development that it would have a ‘detrimental impact’ on a protected wildlife habitat.

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However, after learning that new details on the plans have been submitted, councillors today deferred making a final judgement on the proposals.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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