Highlands & Islands

'Enterprising' Cairngorms paintball business refused

A paintball business that has been running in the UK's biggest national park without planning approval has been refused retrospective permission.

Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) said the operation, which also offers quad biking, had been operating near Dulnain Bridge since last summer.

The park's planning committee recognised the firm's "enterprising spirit".

But members said operations would have to stop and the site be restored.

The committee said that while the CNPA supported recreational activity and ventures they had to be balanced against their impacts on the environment.

Convener Duncan Bryden said: "Quad biking and paintballing are indeed very popular and I recognise the applicant's enterprising spirit,

"But from landscape impacts to environmental effects and from the lack of noise assessment or mitigation proposals, I support the planning officer's recommendation to refuse this application."

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