Historic Scotland slammed for Bute wind farm silence

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The factor to the Mount Stuart Trust has hit out at Historic Scotland’s silence over the proposed Ascog wind farm.

In a letter to Robin Campbell, the government body’s senior heritage management officer, Andrew Nicol expresses his disquiet at Historic Scotland’s decision not to object to the proposal for three turbines at Ascog Farm, each 74 metres in height from ground to blade tip.

In Historic Scotland’s official response to the application, Mr Campbell said the impact of the proposed turbines on Mount Stuart would “not be significant”, and the impact on the only other A-listed building in the area - Balmory House in Ascog - “is not of such an order that it warrants an objection from Historic Scotland”.

In his letter to Mr Campbell, dated January 17, Mr Nicol says: “I am surprised and disappointed that Historic Scotland is not supporting or even acknowledging the large number of objections to the proposal (almost 600 at the last count).

“We do not consider the development as being of benefit to Bute as a whole and have concerns that it will have a detrimental impact on tourism, which is mainstay [sic] of the island’s economy.”

* More detail in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, January 24.