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A controversial planning application to develop an area of machair grazing in Luskentyre has been withdrawn today (Tuesday 14 September).

Campaigners had petitioned over several weeks to prevent a development of eight glamping pods at croft number 1 Luskentyre which, they said, would permanent disfigure the landscape of West Harris.

A letter issued by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar planning officer Iain Macleod today said: “I…can confirm that this application has now been withdrawn.”

The campaign group Save Luskentyre, which has garnered more than 10,000 signatures on an online protest petition against the development, posted the news this morning.

They said: “Result! We have woken up this morning to the news that the planning application has been withdrawn! This is a fantastic outcome.

“Thank you to all of you who took the time to write to the Comhairle, send us photos and sign the petition. That and the tireless work that a small working group of concerned Harris residents has put in over the summer, writing letter upon letter to all the powers that be and the relevant bodies that should be protecting this SSSI has truly been remarkable.

“We will stay vigilant and hope that the developer now realises that enough is enough.”

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s online planning portal confirms that a decision has been taken on the development today, and that the application has been withdrawn.

The planning committee was due to consider the application at its next meeting on 28 September.

The image shows today’s letter from CnES planning department.