Historic Scotland withdraws Bute turbine objection

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

Plans for two wind turbines at Auchintirrie farm on Bute have been given a boost as the island’s community council prepares to discuss the controversial subject.

Historic Scotland, the government body charged with looking after the nation’s historic environment, has withdrawn its objection to Bute Community Power’s planning application for two 47-metre turbines.

News of the withdrawn objection emerged just hours before Bute Community Council (BCC) considers, and comes to a view on, the BCP application.

BCC members are due to discuss the proposal at their regular monthly meeting tonight (Wednesday, June 17), at 7pm at the Pavilion cafe in Rothesay.

Historic Scotland had previously objected to Bute Community Power’s plans for Auchintirrie on the grounds that it did not have enough information to determine the impact of the proposed turbines on the setting of the scheduled fort on Barone Hill, which is slightly more than a mile from the site.

But the organisation has now been supplied with an additional photomontage of the proposal - and withdrawn its objection as a result.

In a letter to Argyll and Bute Council planning officer Steven Gove, Martin Brann, Historic Scotland’s senior heritage management officer for ancient monuments, says: “The photomontage illustrates that the two proposed turbines will be clearly in views from Barone Hill, fort (Scheduled Monument Index No. 2430).

“However, based on the photomontage, we do not consider that the scale of the impact on the setting of the monument will be sufficient to raise issues of national significance.

“We therefore do not object to the application and your authority is free to determine the application without further reference to Ministers for their historic environment interests.”