Wed 30 Aug, 2017

... it’s about as far away from deprived communities who need local facilities as you can get. Mark Ruskell MSP

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government intends to grant planning permission in principle for a proposed luxury housing development, tennis and golf centre at Park of Keir in Dunblane, Mark Ruskell, a local Green MSP who gave evidence at the public enquiry, said:

“I am bitterly disappointed the SNP government has overturned the democratic decision made by Stirling Council and granted permission. For 30 years communities have successfully fought to protect this precious landscape from property developers, it’s totally unsuitable for housing, but local plans and the conclusions of a lengthy public inquiry have been ripped up by the Scottish Government.

“The proposal will not make Park of Keir a national centre for tennis or golf, it’s about as far away from deprived communities who need local facilities as you can get, this decision has more to do with appeasing celebrities and developers with deep pockets than securing a sporting legacy.”

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