Green light for Bute kayak launch site

Kayaks could soon be seen ashore at the north end of Bute after planning permission was granted for a camping ground near Buttock Point as part of the Argyll and Bute Kayak Trail.
Kayaks could soon be seen ashore at the north end of Bute after planning permission was granted for a camping ground near Buttock Point as part of the Argyll and Bute Kayak Trail.

Permission has been granted for a camping ground, timber rest stop and composting toilet near the northern end of Bute.

The small-scale development, on a 370-acre site to the south-east of Buttock Point, will form one of the stop-off points on the Argyll and Bute Kayak Trail between Helensburgh and Oban.

Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee approved the plans at a meeting in Lochgilphead on Wednesday.

The proposal had been recommended for approval by planning officials as a ‘minor departure’ from development plan policy.

Four objections were received from members of the public on the grounds of the potential environmental impact.

The applicant, Argyll and Bute Council itself, has been involved in talks with the site’s owner, the Bute Community Land Company, over the lease of the land.

The kayak trail project has received funding of £369,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund, generated from Crown Estate revenues, and £150,000 from the LEADER European funding programme.