With little to no warning or information to the public, the Happendon Wood/Poniel industrial and retail development planning application will go to Planning Committee at South Lanarkshire Council on Tuesday the 8th March. Colin McDowall, Chief Executive of Enterprise Resources for the Council has recommended approval. You can read the committee report here. The controversial application has seen land at Happendon Wood occupied by the Happendon Wood Action Camp since September last year.
The report, as is to be expected from South Lanarkshire COALcil, ignores the concerns of local people over the development on this ecologically important land, and refuses to engage with the blatant excuse this application provides for yet another opencast in the valley. Despite 73 objections to the application and objections from consultees such as SNH and the Forestry Commission, the Planning Department are likely to accept this application on Tuesday anyway, continuing in their tradition of putting the interests of big business and dirty development over people and the land.
Download a response to the Ecology section of the EIA by Ecologists for a Sustainable Future here.