Publised date : 22 Aug 2023

Perthshire North MSP, Mr John Swinney, and Perth and North Perthshire MP, Mr Pete Wishart, today [Tuesday] met with David O’Donoghue and Paul Scott of Discovery Land Company (DLC) to discuss the company’s plans in relation to Taymouth Castle and Kenmore.

Commenting on the meeting, Mr Swinney said:

“I was pleased to meet once more with Discovery Land Company to discuss in more detail their response to the queries I raised on behalf of the local community.

“During our meeting, I emphasised the need for continued community engagement and a more transparent approach to the future of the development. Whilst I welcome many of the sentiments expressed by DLC both in their written response to me and at today’s meeting, it is important that these words are now backed up with actions.

“I will continue to put forward the views of the local community to DLC, whilst also urging them to work more closely with local stakeholders so as to ensure that their development plans proceed with as much community support and trust as possible.

““We intend to have further discussions with DLC in the short term to follow up the discussion we had today.”

Mr Wishart added:

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet once more with DLC in relation to the Taymouth Castle and Kenmore proposals. 

“The recent public meeting that John Swinney and I hosted showed the great interest and strength of feeling in relation to this project.

“John and I reiterated the clear need for discussion and dialogue with the public, as well as ensuring a commitment to providing responsible access.  Responsible access is enshrined in Scottish life and it is essential that DLC bear this in mind during their development.

“The Kenmore area is a jewel in the Highland Perthshire crown and I hope that a development comes to fruition that can be enjoyed by all.  Ongoing dialogue and communication is essential to ensuring this.”

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