More details have been released of a programme of information and education on Bute sparked by local anger over the approach to installation of replacement windows in Rothesay.
A ‘project initiation document’ will be discussed by Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee when it meets in Lochgilphead on Wednesday.
The authority’s proposed Rothesay Windows Project will include ‘an element of flexibility’ to requests for window replacement within Rothesay’s outstanding conservation area, and aims to create a ‘communications and education strategy’ to improve awareness of the refurbishment and replacement of historic windows in the town.
As part of the project, the boundaries of the Rothesay conservation area will be reviewed between now and April 2015, while a presentation will be given to Bute Community Council on the subject, and related matters under the Townscape Heritage Initiative and Pavilion regeneration, in September.
The project was drawn up in response to a petition organised by The Buteman after a decision to refuse planning permission for UPVC windows at the Bute House Hotel in the town provoked widespread local anger.
Our petition, which attracted 1,112 signatures, urged the council to work towards a solution which would benefit the economy of the island and address the urgent need for quality hotel accommodation.
The document’s author, development manager Ross McLaughlin, states in his report: “The recently submitted petition highlights widespread concern on the island that the imperative to respect the architectural heritage of Rothesay can lead to conflict with development proposals which contribute to economic well-being of Bute.
“Officers are sensitive to this public interest and are keen to respond by delivering this project.”
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