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The developers behind plans for a wind farm on a hillside site in Cowal, directly north of Rothesay Bay, visited Bute on Thursday to put their plans on show.

PNE Wind UK and the Forestry Commission Scotland are working together on a proposal for a wind farm on a site known as Bachan Burn which could generate up to 50 megawatts of electricity.

Katie Newlands from PNE Wind UK said the company had two early design ideas - one for 20 turbines with a maximum height to blade tip of 110 metres, the second for 15 turbines with a blade tip height of 145m.

The size of the proposed project means its fate will be decided by Scottish ministers, rather than Argyll and Bute Council, which has refused two applications for smaller wind farm developments on the south Cowal hills in recent years on the grounds of unacceptable visual impact.

“These are the two options suggested in our scoping report,” Miss Newlands said, “but it’s very early days for the project.

“We want as much feedback as possible before finalising our design.”

To find out more about the Bachan Burn project, and to give your feedback on the early proposals, click here.




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