Mineral impact on breeding birds mitigated by measures

A reporter has agreed that permission should be granted for sand and gravel extraction in Ayrshire, concluding that it represented a sustainable form of development which was needed to supply the construction and building industries.

The site lay within 300 metres of a special protection area which provided breeding and foraging habitats for bird communities and a special area of conservation covering a low altitude blanket moss. In undertaking an appropriate assessment under the habitat regulations the reporter placed weight on the lack of objections from Scottish Natural Heritage and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds who were satisfied with the planned mitigation measures. The continuing need for sand and gravel was not disputed between the main parties and the scheme would deliver important new jobs. Nor would it give rise to unacceptable cumulative impacts when taken in combination with open cast coal workings, wind farms and wind turbines. The reporter allowed 12 weeks for a planning obligation to be completed.

Reporter: David Russell; Written representations

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