Info evening next week on Bute forest plans

Plans for the development of part of the community-owned forest at Rhubodach have been submitted to Argyll and Bute Council for approval.

Plans for the development of part of the community-owned forest at Rhubodach have been submitted to Argyll and Bute Council for approval.

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The first of two community information evenings on the development proposals for Bute’s community forest is now less than a week away.

The Bute Community Land Company hopes to establish a cafe, classroom, accommodation, play area, pathways and cycle routes within the ‘commercial forest’ which forms part of the 161 hectares it owns at Rhubodach.

BCLC’s information evenings are being held at St Paul’s Church Hall, in Rothesay’s Deanhood Place, at 6.30pm on Wednesday, March 11, and at Colintraive village hall at 7pm on Thursday, March 12.

The dvevelopment, if and when it becomes a reality, will include a variety of accommodation types never seen before on Bute, including basic ‘sheper huts’ for two people, yurts with room for between six and eight, and more upmarket ‘forest huts’.

Unveiling the plans at the turn of the year, BCLC director Emma Cooper called them “a positive next step towards achieving our goal within the forest of providing a new attraction for both visitors to and residents of Bute”.

However, the fate of the proposal is likely to rest less on the deliberations of Argyll and Bute Council’s planning officials - the site having already been set aside for potential development in the council’s local development plan for the island - than on the outcome of a ‘stage 2’ bid for almost £1 million in National Lottery support for the scheme, submitted to the Big Lottery Fund on February 23.

The plans can be viewed by clicking here and typing 15/00040/PP into the window next to the Search button.