THE Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has had its application to remove a planning condition, which limits permission to operate one of its farms for ten years only, refused by the Highland Council.
The council granted the time-limited permission for the 2,500-tonne fish farm at Sgeir Dughall, in Upper Loch Torridon, in 2012. The limit was put in place because of concerns over the impact the farm could have on local Salmon and sea trout populations, reports Fish&Fly.
The loch already houses four farms, representing around 4,000 tonnes of salmon. One of the points made against the company’s application was that it had failed to control sea lice numbers at Sgeir Dughall.
This was clearly taken on board by the Council’s planning officer, who stated that ‘nothing substantive has changed to warrant removal of the condition; if anything the information to date suggests a stronger case for its retention.’