‘No tourism impact’ from Bute turbines - report

Bute Community Power has successfully appealed against refusal of planning permission for two 47-metre wind turbines at the island's Auchintirrie farm.
Bute Community Power has successfully appealed against refusal of planning permission for two 47-metre wind turbines at the island's Auchintirrie farm.

The Scottish Government reporter who granted permission this week for two wind turbines near Auchintirrie farm on Bute says he has no reason to suspect they will harm tourism.

Dannie Onn, who was appointed to look into the case by the Department for Planning and Environmental Appeals, says Bute Community Power’s two 47-metre turbines are likely have an adverse visual impact on the landscape - but only from certain localised viewpoints.

In the report accompanying his decision, Mr Onn says that in his view, the overall visual impact of the scheme is acceptable in planning terms.

The most adverse impact on the landscape, he states, would be from localised viewpoints at the Greenan Loch and Dunalunt and Quogach farms.

“However,” he says, “none of the impacts would relate to key or sensitive views.

“The viewpoints are in less susceptible locations or are not key views from them.”

On the possible impact on tourism, Mr Onn says in his report: “Objectors to the proposal are concerned at the impacts on tourism and say that tourist numbers are declining.

“However, there is little evidence of any potential for the presence of wind farms to deter visitors. Those visiting Bute will come for many reasons.

“In my assessment, I have found that the visual harm would be limited and acceptable and that the major tourist attractions of the island would be largely unaffected.

“I have been given no reason to suspect that tourism would be adversely affected.”

To download and read Mr Onn’s report in full, click here and then click on ‘Open Document’.