Rothesay hotel windows application to be heard this month

A planning application for the installation of double-glazed uPVC windows at the Bute House Hotel in Rothesay's town centre will be considered on September 17.
A planning application for the installation of double-glazed uPVC windows at the Bute House Hotel in Rothesay's town centre will be considered on September 17.

A controversial planning application for new uPVC windows at a Rothesay town centre hotel will be considered later this month, The Buteman has been told.

The application, for the Bute House Hotel on the corner of West Princes Street and Watergate, was submitted at the end of last month and has so far attracted two expressions of support, from local councillors Robert Macintyre and Len Scoullar.

We now understand the application will come before Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing (PPSL) committee when it meets in Helensburgh on Tuesday, September 17.

A similar application was turned down by the council’s planning officers last year, without being considered by PPSL members and in spite of 11 expressions of support, because it was felt that uPVC windows would be at odds with the heritage character of the building.

But following a meeting with the hotel’s owners, Harry and Hazel Greene, and Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell in July, the local councillors agreed to lobby for the new application to be considered by the PPSL in the hope of securing a different result.