Halkshill and Blair Park

An application was made to Central Scotland Conservancy of Forestry Commission Scotland under the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 for tree planting and associated works (inc forest roads) on Halkshill and Blair Park Farms.

Halkshill is located immediately to the east of Largs in North Ayrshire and extends to the east along the Greeto and Gogo Waters.

Blair Park is located to the south of Halkshill and north of the A760 Largs to Kilbirnie Road, and extends northwards to the southern boundary of Halkshill.

Proposal summary

Halkshill and Blair Park are two large and adjacent upland livestock farms extending to 1,397 ha in total. Within the total farm area, 501 ha (or 36%) is proposed for afforestation with 865 ha retained as open ground. Of the total area of afforestation, 395 ha will be planted with conifers and 106 ha with native broadleaves.

Environmental Statement

You can download the full Environmental Statement and the additional environmental information in the form of addenda from Dropbox. Please note: you don’t have to sign up to access these files – just choose ‘continue to view’.

Environmental Statement extracts

The Environmental Statement was subject to a statutory 28 day consultation period between 21 June 2016 and 19 July 2016. Following representations from the statutory bodies, stakeholders and interested parties, Forestry Commission Scotland decided the project could not be granted consent due to potential unacceptable and significant adverse impacts.

2016 consent decision

Following the 2016 statutory consultation period, the applicant sought to address the outstanding significant adverse impacts. The applicant prepared additional environmental information in support of an amended project. The additional environmental information was subject to a statutory 28 day consultation period between 21 March and 18 April 2018. Copies of all representations received during the 2018 consultation can be viewed or downloaded below:

2018 consent decision

Following representations from stakeholders, interested parties and statutory bodies Forestry Commission Scotland has decided to grant the project consent subject to conditions. The full details and rationale for the decision can be found in the documents below.