National Park secures ‘gold standard’ for Cononish gold mine

Following the grant of planning permission for the Cononish gold mine in February 2012, Stewart Stevenson, the Environment Minister, commended the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority “for working so constructively with the developer through this complex planning process and achieving such a good result”. Brodies was a key advisor to the Park Authority on this project, which will create 52 new jobs and will be worth an estimated £80 million to the Scottish economy.

The sensitive location of the site required legal commitments to guarantee mitigation of any adverse environmental impacts the development could have on the landscape, as well as contributions to local environmental and tourism projects, such as The Greater Cononish Glen Management Plan, a 30-year native woodland regeneration project. Brodies’ planning, property and banking experts helped secure the legal and financial agreements needed for Scotgold to start work. The financial package includes bonds totalling £1.3 million.