Gold firm Scotgold Resources starts mine plan appeal

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Scotgold resources has been meeting planning officials to discuss environmental concerns

The mining company, Scotgold Resources, has started the process of reapplying for planning permission to redevelop the Cononish gold mine.

The original application was turned down in the summer by the Loch Lomond National Park Authority.

It said the economic benefits of the planned mine near Tyndrum could not be balanced against conservation concerns.

Scotgold said it had had six meeting with planning officials and the time was right to re-apply for permission.

Last month, Scotgold won the backing of shareholders by raising £640,000 in a rights issue.

The company is also prospecting in a new glen in the River Orchy area and said it was "very encouraged" by the gold potential.

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