The community of a scenic Highland glen is celebrating a final victory after developers proposing to build a quarry there had their appeal rejected.
Argyll and Bute Council refused planning permission for the sand and gravel quarry at Glasdrum in Glen Creran, near Oban in north Argyll.
The glen is home to Glasdrum Wood National Nature Reserve where otters, badgers, pine martens and bats live.
The local community organised a massive protest campaign, which resulted in almost 2,000 objections being lodged.
Following a decision by the local council not to grant planning permission for the quarry, developers A&L McRae lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government.
But yesterday it was announced that the appeal has not been upheld.
Tony Kersley, who lives in Glen Creran and was one of the main campaigners, said: “I have just received the brilliant news that the planning appeal for a quarry and landfill in Glen Creran has been rejected by the Scottish Ministers and their reporter.
“They upheld the original decision by Argyll and Bute planning department for refusal.
“The unanimous rejection by the planning councillors and the general public has been vindicated.
“A special thank you to all my friends and family who have helped with this two year long campaign and to the fantastic support and help of the wider community which I truly believe made such a huge difference in getting this stopped. Glen Creran is a special place and should be protected and will hopefully be here, unspoiled for years to come.
“I would also like to thank our ward councillors and other Argyll and Bute councillors and the many politicians who stood up and gave their time and support. A great community effort by all.”
Applicant A&L McRae said it required the quarry to supply building sand for projects in the local area.
In the decision notice, Lorna McCallum, a reporter for the Scottish Government, wrote: “I consider that the integrity
of the area and its special qualities would be compromised. I also remain unconvinced that
particular attention has been given to the design of the development, including mitigation
and restoration, to minimise detrimental impact on the landscape.”
She continues: “I have taken into account the representations submitted in respect of the quarry proposal including the considerable volume of opposition to the development.”
The reporter concludes that the quarry does not accord with the development plan and that there are no material considerations which would still justify granting planning permission.