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Gold and silver mine in Cononish Glen

A new planning application for a gold and silver mine in Cononish Glen, near Tyndrum was received in 2017.

This application is a revision to an application previously approved in 2011 and 2015.

You can view all of the application documents, including the Environmental Impact Assessment, on the e-planning portal using reference 2017/0254/MIN.

The application has been assessed according to standard planning procedures and a report recommending the approval of the application will be considered by the National Park Board members at a special hearing on Tuesday 27 February at 1.30pm in Crianlarich Village Hall.

You can view the planning report here

Changes to the application

This new application has a few key changes from the previously granted application:

  • The surplus crushed rock from the mining process (called ‘tailings’) is proposed to be stored in ten separate stacks across the mine site, instead of within a ‘tailings management facility’ (TMF).
  • The Allt Eas Anie burn, which crosses the site, would no longer need to be diverted as the stacks are proposed to be located on either side of the burn.
  • Permission is now being sought for mining operations to be phased over 17 years instead of 10 years. Although if the owners of the mine receive sufficient investment they may increase the production rate which would mean operations wouldn’t need to run for as much as 17 years.

The new application still includes:

  • a process plant building
  • a settlement pond
  • a flow gauging point in the River Cononish
  • a site drainage system
  • a new bridge over the Crom Allt at the Dalrigh ford
  • construction of a small car parking area for employees adjacent to the existing car park at Dalrigh.

A ‘bulk processing trial’ recently took place at the site processing material excavated in the 1980s when exploring for gold.

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