Of superquarries and mountain railways: recurring themes in Scottish environmental conflict

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    Development proposals in areas with renowned natural heritage frequently stir up environmental controversy. In recent years, the Scottish Highlands and Islands have seen two particularly high-profile conflicts of this type: the proposals for an aggregates superquarry on Harris and for a funicular mountain railway in the Cairngorm ski area. The first was turned down, the second has gone ahead. These showdowns between development and conservation interests shared characteristics which typify environmental conflicts: tension between 'insiders' and 'outsiders', polarised viewpoints, contrasting interpretations of sustainable development, criticism of the planning system and disagreement over decision making procedures. This paper explores these themes through detailed considerations of the two specific debates and of the arguments that were fielded to support or oppose the projects.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)101-127
    Number of pages27
    JournalScottish Geographical Journal
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


    • superquarry
    • funicular railway
    • Harris
    • Cairngorms
    • environment
    • HARRIS
    • THREAT
    • ISLE
    • ROCK


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