A Scottish farmer has fought off plans that would’ve seen him evicted from his smallholding in order to make way for a £250m film studio.
Scottish ministers controversially gave planning approval for the studio in Damhead in November last year, which would have seen the farmer evicted in order for the land to be sold to the studio’s developers. A Scottish Land Court hearing has now found that the landlord has no grounds to remove the farmer.
The Scottish Land Court said plans for a film studio “should be refused for want of a reasonable purpose in relation to the good of the estate” and added that “this estate does not need a film studio”.
The court went on to say that “resumption followed by a sale of the whole estate could not be for the good of the estate because no estate would remain in the hands of the landlord”. Pentlands Studio Limited, the development company behind studio plans said it was “respectful, however disappointed, to learn of the Scottish Land Court’s ruling”.
The court’s decision was welcomed by the Scottish Green Party who campaigned on the behalf of the farmer and said: “Quite why the landlord, the developers and some voices within the Scottish film industry ignored the fact that a sitting tenant has legal rights that have now been upheld is for them to explain.”