Bute turbine planning appeal is successful

A CGI version of the view from Barone Hill of the two wind turbines for which Bute Community Power now has planning permission.
A CGI version of the view from Barone Hill of the two wind turbines for which Bute Community Power now has planning permission.

Planning permission for two 47-metre wind turbines on Bute has been granted after an appeal against refusal was successful.

Bute Community Power now has the green light to proceed with its planned development on a hilltop site near Auchintirrie farm.

In his decision on BCP’s appeal, reporter Dannie Onn from the Scottish Government’s directorate for planning and environmental appeals says the proposed development “would not harm the landscape character of the Isle and [sic] Bute and its setting and the turbines would be visually acceptable”, and that “there are no material considerations which would still justify refusing to grant planning permission”.

Mr Onn’s decision - sent to BCP and Argyll and Bute Council on Wednesday - overturns that of the local authority’s planning, protective services and licensing committee, which refused permission for the turbines following a hearing in Rothesay last September.

Bute Community Power’s planning application attracted 245 objections and 96 expressions of support from members of the public.

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