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Scotgold submits new mine plan

Mining company Scotgold Resources is hopeful a revised planning application that would allow it to reopen a gold and silver mine in Perthshire will now be successful.

The company has resubmitted a planning application to redevelop the Cononish mine near Tyndrum after the first draft was rejected because of concerns about the impact on the landscape and uncertainty over the predicted economic benefits.

The mine, which is in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, was abandoned in 1997 but increases in the price of valuable metals mean that the mine has again become of interest for commercial extraction.

The first application was turned down in August 2010 by the national park authority but Scotgold has been in talks to try and allay concerns over the environmental impact and provide some security on the value of the metals that can be mined.

A Scotgold spokesman said: “We’ve had meetings with planning officials to discuss the grounds for refusal and get a better idea of their concerns. These have been fruitful so we have decided to begin the process of resubmitting.”

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