Decision soon on Bute turbine appeal?

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

A final decision on the appeal against refusal of planning permission for two 47-metre wind turbines at Auchintirrie farm on Bute could be just a few days away.

Bute Community Power, a locally-owned community benefit society, is appealing against the refusal of permission for the turbines after Argyll and Bute Council turned down the company’s planning application last September.

The Scottish Government’s directorate for planning and environmental appeals (DPEA) originally set a January 12 target date for issuing a decision - but nothing about the case has appeared on the DPEA’s website since February 4, and you have to go back to January 6 for the publication of any other documents relating to the appeal.

We’ve asked the DPEA when a decision might be made, but have yet to receive a response; however, Jim Osborne, Bute Community Power’s chairman, told The Buteman on Monday that the company was expecting a decision on the appeal “some time this week”.

Argyll and Bute’s planning, protective services and licensing committee turned down BCP’s application after council officials said the development would have a detrimental effect on the surrounding landscape.

The company’s appeal to the Scottish Government was submitted in November.

* We’ll publish the result of the appeal as soon as it’s announced by the DPEA.