Scotland’s Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon has added his voice to the growing chorus of criticism over Argyll and Bute Council’s decision to reject a planning application for new uPVC windows at the Bute House Hotel in Rothesay.
Mr Lyon, who was MSP for Argyll and Bute from 1999 until 2007, has written to the council asking for the decision made by the planning, protective services and licensing committee (PPSL) on September 25 to be reconsidered.
Members of the PPSL rejected hotel owner Harry Greene’s application to take out the building’s single-glazed, timber-framed sash-and-case windows and replace them with double-glazed, uPVC, tilt-and-turn versions.
“The vast majority of local people believe the council have got this decision wrong,” Mr Lyon said, “and it is time they came to their senses and allowed Harry Greene to install new uPVC windows in the hotel.
“The island is crying out for new investment in the fabric of the town and it flies in the face of common sense for the Council to discourage private investment such as this.
“If you look around the town centre, many properties in the area have new uPVC windows fitted and I can see no justification or reason why planning for the Bute House Hotel has been refused.
“I have called on Argyll and Bute Council to think again and allow this much needed improvement to go ahead.”
The PPSL committee’s decision reinforced a ruling made by the council’s own planning officers last year to turn down a similar application for the hotel on the grounds that it would be out of keeping with the heritage character of the town centre.