Ascog developer ‘not surprised’ at turbines’ rejection

Argyll and Bute Council's planning, protective services and licensing committee has turned down a planning application for three 74-metre wind turbines at Ascog Farm.
Argyll and Bute Council's planning, protective services and licensing committee has turned down a planning application for three 74-metre wind turbines at Ascog Farm.

The man behind controversial plans for three 243-foot wind turbines at Ascog Farm says he is not surprised his application was rejected.

Adrian Tear spoke to The Buteman after Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee refused to grant planning permission for the project.

Mr Tear, who attended the committee meeting in person said: “Given the planning department’s ‘handling reports’ on this and other turbine applications recently the decision was of no great surprise, although the brevity of the decision-making process was of interest - a full five minutes of debate on our application (if that), I should say with comments from only three councillors.”

Meanwhile Reeni Kennedy-Boyle from Towards Zero Carbon Bute, which had been identified as the ‘community benefit’ partner in the event of the Ascog scheme going ahead, told The Buteman: “We strongly support developments which have a direct community benefit.

“It is a pity that the first large scale development proposed which would have delivered direct social and economic benefits, during construction and in operation, has received a negative decision.”

* There’s more reaction to the Ascog turbine decision in the May 31 issue of The Buteman - on sale now!