The Scottish Spaceport’s Planning Permission Followed Set Procedures6th Jul 2021
A judicial review led by Judge Lord Doherty heard that the Highland Council followed protocol as required. It issued the go-ahead to build the Scottish spaceport in Sutherland after looking into all factors.
Anders Holch Povlsen, the billionaire landowner, has challenged the authorisation for the launch site. His lawyers, through his company Wildland, went to the Court of Session to challenge it.
However, the Highland Council is determined to fight back as they contest the action with the Scottish Ministers and HIE (Highlands and Islands Enterprise).
Mr. Findlay, on behalf of HIE, concluded that the Highland Council followed proper procedure based on the evidence available. The council took into account submissions from HIE and RSPB wildlife charity before granting planning permission.
Evidence showed that the two organisations did voice their concerns. But, the planning permission wasn’t obligated to take only follow their views. There wasn’t sufficient evidence against the Sutherland Spaceport to warrant not granting permission.
The Sutherland Spaceport Objections Revolve Around Wildlife Conservation
Part of the concerns raised by RSPB and HIE revolve around wildlife conservation. RSPB worry the new launch site would harm the local wildlife in the area. However, Finlay did point out that the Highland Council did consider this.
Mr. Povlsen Supports Rival Scottish Spaceport with 1.4 Million Pounds
When the Sutherland Spaceport got the green light, Mr. Povlsen objected fiercely. He went further to support the rival Shetland site by investing 1.4 million pounds in it. That will make it possible for the launch area to employ more than 200 jobs. The first Scottish spaceport would add a lot to the local economy.