Turbines up to 145m tall could be built opposite Rothesay Bay

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New proposals for a substantial wind farm on the south Cowal peninsula, directly north of Rothesay Bay, have been published.

The proposals for the Bachan Burn site between Dunoon and Toward are contained in a ‘scoping report’ by PNE Wind UK, which has been granted wind farm development rights for the area by Forestry Commission Scotland.

The report states two development options would be suitable for the site – one featuring 20 turbines, each 110 metres tall, the other with 15 turbines, each 145m in height.

The development area includes Corlarach Hill, where a proposal for a development of 14 turbines was turned down by Argyll and Bute Council in 2008 and by the Scottish Government the following year after a public inquiry - leading opponents to wonder why the site is now considered suitable for a development on a larger scale than that proposed for Corlarach when that scheme went public in 2007.

* For the full story, including a response from PNE Wind UK, pick up a copy of the December 20 issue of The Buteman - on sale now!