Fresh bid for new windows at Rothesay hotel

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.

The owners of a Rothesay town centre hotel have submitted a fresh application for permission to install new double-glazed windows in the property.

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.

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.