‘Date set’ for Bute wind turbine application

Bute Community Power is seeking planning permission for two 47-metre wind turbines at the island's Auchintirrie farm.
Bute Community Power is seeking planning permission for two 47-metre wind turbines at the island's Auchintirrie farm.

Bute Community Power’s planning application for two wind turbines at the island’s Auchintirrie farm will be put before councillors later this month, The Buteman has been told.

BCP’s secretary Reeni Kennedy-Boyle says the application will be considered by Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee at its regular meeting in Lochgilphead on Wednesday, August 19.

But it’s thought unlikely that permission will be granted or refused on that date because of the number of public comments on the application - 243 at the time of writing, 147 of them opposed and 96 in favour.

Applications with so many public comments - particularly when they are split between two divergent points of view - can be deferred, so that the committee can hold a local hearing, dealing with that application alone, in a venue closer to the application site.

The last such local hearing on Bute was into an application for a residential care home at Ascog in 2011, which attracted 31 comments from the public, 16 of them against and 14 in favour.

BCP is seeking permission for two turbines at Auchintirrie, each 47 metres tall to blade tip and each with a generating capacity of 250 kilowatts.