Councillor backs Rothesay hotel windows plan

A new planning application has been submitted for the installation of double-glazed uPVC windows at the Bute House Hotel in Rothesay's town centre.
A new planning application has been submitted for the installation of double-glazed uPVC windows at the Bute House Hotel in Rothesay's town centre.

Proposals to install new uPVC windows at a Rothesay town centre hotel have won the public backing of one of the island’s councillors.

A planning application for new double-glazed windows at the Bute House Hotel, on the corner of West Princes Street and Watergate, was published earlier this month.

Owners Harry and Hazel Greene want to remove the existing timber-framed single-pane windows in the Bute House Hotel on the corner of West Princes Street and Watergate, and to install double-glazed uPVC windows in their place.

In an email to Bute and Cowal planning officer David Eaglesham, Cllr Robert Macintyre said: “The hotel is right in the middle of the town centre, [and] it is subjected on a nightly basis especially at weekends to noise which easily penetrates the existing windows.

“The success of any hotel depends on guests being able to sleep undisturbed and not be distracted by unacceptable noises coming from the adjoining streets, especially at closing time for licensed premises.”

A similar application was turned down by Argyll and Bute Council planning officers last year on the grounds that uPVC windows would be out of character with the town’s built heritage - even though the plans attracted 11 letters of support from nearby business owners.

And while the new application is also likely to be recommended for refusal by the council’s development department, Bute’s three elected councillors have already asked that this time the proposal be considered by the authority’s planning, protective services and licensing committee, rather than by officials alone, in the hope of securing a different outcome.

The Greenes’ intentions received the backing of all three Bute councillors and Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell at a meeting in the hotel last month.