New plans published for Bute forest development

Bute Community Land Company's planning application for a meeting centre, cafe and accommodation at Rhubodach has been published by Argyll and Bute Council.
Bute Community Land Company's planning application for a meeting centre, cafe and accommodation at Rhubodach has been published by Argyll and Bute Council.

Revised plans for a meeting centre, cafe and ‘glamping’ accommodation at the north end of Bute have been published.

The Bute Community Land Company (BCLC) wants to build the facilities near the southern entrance to the 161-hectare Rhubodach Forest, purchased in a community buy-out in 2010.

In addition to the cafe and meeting centre, the application seeks permission for accommodation capable of sleeping up to 30 people in two bespoke pods, six movable shepherd’s huts and two yurts, along with an associated communal shower/toilet block, communal dining area and installation of sewage treatment plants.

The company hopes to secure lottery backing from the Growing Community Assets programme for the project, which was identified in a public consultation in 2011 as one of the top priorities for the future of the community-owned site.

The application replaces one for a similar development on the same site; published in March, this application was withdrawn in October, after planning officials expressed concerns that the proposed buildings would be partly outside a ‘potential development area’ for Rhubodach, as identified in the Argyll and Bute Local Plan.

To view the application and related documents in full, click here and type (or paste) 15/02745/PP into the Search box.