Rothesay hotel windows proposal decided today

A planning application for the installation of double-glazed uPVC windows at the Bute House Hotel in Rothesay's town centre was due to be decided on September 25.
A planning application for the installation of double-glazed uPVC windows at the Bute House Hotel in Rothesay's town centre was due to be decided on September 25.

A controversial planning application to install uPVC windows in a Rothesay town centre hotel is due to be decided today (Wednesday).

The proposal, for the Bute House Hotel on the corner of West Princes Street, is to be considered by members of Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee.

A similar application by the hotel’s owners, Harry and Hazel Greene, was turned down by the authority’s planning officials last year on the grounds that uPVC windows would be out of keeping with the heritage character of the area.

The new application has also been recommended for refusal by planning officers, but following representations from all three Bute councillors and from Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell in support of the proposal, it was referred to the PPSL members for a decision.

A report on the application, considered by councillors on Wednesday, stated: “The reason for declining to exercise officer delegated powers in this case is to afford the committee opportunity to consider the views expressed by local members and to balance council policy against the dilution of the historic fabric of the conservation area in the vicinity of Guildford Square [and] against the claimed economic and practical benefits of the proposed windows.”

* We’ll post an update as soon as we hear news of the application’s fate.