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Rhu & Shandon Community Council

Proposed Woodland at Letrault and Stuckenduff 

Scottish Forestry(SF) is the Regulator, Stuckenduff & Letrault farms were the landowners and Scottish Woodlands Ltd is the agent acting on behalf of the landowners.  The Confederation of Forestry Industries have produced a Guidance Note:  Confor. The land was sold in 2021 to Gresham House, a specialist alternative asset manager.

Formation of Forest Trails 21/02614/PNWAY

 The documentation for this appeared in the weekly planning list on 17th Decembrer 2021 with the deadline for comments being 5th January 2022. The new owner of the land shown below is an Investment Company  based in Oxfordshire.  Forest paths are classed as Permitted Developments  Regulations are in place which protect the habitat and surrounding land and the response made by the Community Council emphasied the neccessity of these and objected, not for the first time, that the services of this new woodland is proposed, in perpetuity, to be via Pier and Station Roads. Click here to see the response made by the Community Council. 

Note: This page will be updated shortly with a map showing the proposed paths. Anyone wanting this information sooner can type the reference number into Simple Search.















Click on this link to read the initial response of the Community Council which was sent to Scottish Woodlands in April 2020. It appears not to have been considered when the Documents posted below were drawn up.  Our initial responses was a large  document and it has been necessary to reformat it in order to post on the website. Click here for a summary of the main points in this document.

December 4th 2020 , Scottish Forestry sent a consultation letter to Rhu and Shandon Community Council and to Argyll and Bute Council. Then on 24th December two applications were posted by Argyll and Bute on the Planning site, 20/02234/FGS and 20/02235/FGS. An FGS is not a planning application as forestry is permitted development.

The Planning Applications caught us off guard. We had hoped that the documents we received from Scottish Forestry on December 4th did constitute a consultation, since many of the  issues that were included in the response that we had sent to the agent, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, in April,  had been ignored. We felt that most  could be resolved in the consultation process. When the Proposals were posted on the Planning website on 24th December and we felt that  we had no option but to object to the applications.
We do not object to the creation of the Woodlands in principle, but we do object most strongly to the use of  Pier and Station Road.  Our full submission, too large to post on our website, can be view in on the Argyll and Bute Planning site. Information on how to use this site is posted on our website if you want to read it. We have also posted a separate short Objection to the use of Pier and Station Roads. 


Issues Log from SF on Dec 4 2020

Operation Plan from SF on Dec 4 2020 

Species Map from SF on Dec 4 2020 

In the species map opposite

  • Blue for Conifers,
  • Green for Scots Pine
  • Brown for Mixed Native Broadleaves.
  • White Areas for Open Land

Green Delegated Report prepared by Howard Young, dated Feb 18th 2021

Formal Decision forwarded by Fergus Murray to SF dated Feb 18th 2021. 


 Issues Log from SF on Dec 4 2020                    

Operational Plan from SF on Dec 4 2020 

Species Map from SF on Dec 4 2020 

  • Blue for Conifers,
  • Green for Scots Pine and
  • Brown for Mixed Native Broadleaves.
  • White areas for Open Land

Green Delegated Report prepared by Howard Young, dated Feb 18th 2021. 

 Formal decision forwarded by Fergus Murray to SF, dated Feb 18th 2021. 

You can expand the size of these maps by placing pressing CTRL + on a non-touch screen.

The white areas within the boundaries of the plans above represent Open Land, which I think is deep Peat bog. 

Channel 4 News recently ran a story on the Forestry Commission.  It refers the value of Peat bogs; preserving these is better for the planet than growing trees! I cannot link this video from the website, but will include it in the next Newsletter, if it is technically possible. The link is below if you would like to see it; it is well worth a look!

or just type "channel 4  peat bogs" into Google!

The Community Council is concerned by the lack of meaningful consultation and failure of Scottish Woodlands / Gresham House and Scottish Forestry to deliver on the alternative timber transport route etc etc. At the Community Council meeting on April 13th 2022, it was agreed to submit a formal complaint to Scottish Forestry.