The Mount Stuart Trust has asked to be given an extra 19 months to carry out plans to build three new houses next to a former Bute farm.
The trust, the island’s major landowner has applied to Argyll and Bute Council for permission to vary one condition of an application granted in October 2011 for a site next to Upper Ardroscadale, at the south end of Ettrick Bay.
The condition in question gave the trust three years to start work on the project, but the new application asks for that period to be extended further, until April 2016.
The detail of the project is unchanged from the 2011 application, when the Trust was also granted permission for the demolition of unused farm buildings, buildings, the formation of farm access and the installation of private sewage systems.
But the trust’s intention to develop the site goes back even further: permission was first granted in May 2005, and was renewed in 2008, but expired three years after the renewal without work having begun.
It is unclear whether the Upper Ardroscadale plans form part of the trust’s investment programme, announced on February 18, which will see more than £8 million spent at 11 sites around the island in two phases over the next three years.