MICHAEL GORMAN: Report says best use of Owls Head land would be recreation, conservation

Michael Gorman 
CBC News 
Posted: May 15, 2020 2:49 PM

Developer wants to buy Crown land from the province to build up to 3 golf courses

A valuation report prepared for the company that wants to buy hundreds of hectares of Crown land in Little Harbour, N.S., to build up to three golf courses and other developments says the “highest and best use” for the land is “recreational or conservation purposes.”

The report, and other information, is contained in an access-to-information request recently released to one of the parties suing the Nova Scotia government in hopes of stopping the potential land sale.

Jamie Simpson, the lawyer representing the two parties — former provincial biologist Bob Bancroft and the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association — said they were pleased to receive the valuation report and documents containing more concrete information about the proposal.

Lighthouse Links, a company owned by Beckwith and Kitty Gilbert, has a letter of offer from the provincial government to buy the land that has been commonly known as Owls Head provincial park. The Gilberts own a large amount of land adjacent to the Crown land.

The lawyer for Lighthouse Links has not responded to several questions from CBC News.

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