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Scotland: Billionaire’s Spaceport objection denied

September 14, 2021

By Chris Forrester

Scottish landowner and billionaire Anders Povlsen says he will not appeal against the recent decision allowing the construction of a Spaceport in Sutherland, Scotland, on the A’Mhoine peninsula.

Povlsen, reportedly Scotland’s richest man, had already mounted a legal objection to the scheme but a Scottish judicial review ruled against him last month and the country’s Highland Council is also firmly supporting the development of the Spaceport.

Povlsen’s local business, Wildland, said it was “deeply disappointed” by the decision.

Chief executive, Tim Kirkwood, said: “Although we were deeply disappointed at the outcome of the judicial review for the A’Mhoine spaceport and felt that a justifiable case was presented to the court, we have decided that proceeding to appeal isn’t the way forward. There remain deep reservations that additional, space-related development consents will be sought in connection with Space Hub Sutherland. We are still concerned that those objectives will be very difficult to meet in practice, the best course of action is that we work constructively with all stakeholders to make sure commitments made in connection with the development as consented, are kept or even exceeded.”

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