‘Auchintirrie still our best hope,’ says BCP chairman

Bute Community Power is awaiting the outcome of its appeal against refusal of planning permission for two 47-metre wind turbines at the island's Auchintirrie farm.

Bute Community Power is awaiting the outcome of its appeal against refusal of planning permission for two 47-metre wind turbines at the island's Auchintirrie farm.

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The chairman of Bute Community Power says the company’s Auchintirrie wind turbine plans are still their best chance of using renewable energy to benefit the island.

BCP has appealed against Argyll and Bute Council’s refusal of its application for permission for two 250-kilowatt turbines, each 47 metres high, on a hillside site near the farm.

A reporter from the Scottish Government’s department for planning and environmental appeals will decide on the fate of that appeal in the new year.

BCP’s chairman, Jim Osborne, told The Buteman the company was looking at the potential of other courses of action if the appeal fails.

“There are other things we are looking at,” he said, “but the question is whether those other things would have the support of the BCP membership and whether they would be viable in terms of benefiting the community.

“At the moment we’re just biding our time and awaiting the outcome of the planning appeal.

“That’s still our best opportunity to get something off the ground which will deliver substantial benefit for the community.”

* More detail in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, December 17.