Trust seeks green light for Bute biomass plant

The current staff car park at Mount Stuart is the subject of a planning application for the construction of a biomass facility comprising two boilers, fuel storage and associated facilities.

The current staff car park at Mount Stuart is the subject of a planning application for the construction of a biomass facility comprising two boilers, fuel storage and associated facilities.

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The Mount Stuart Trust is seeking planning permission to build a biomass plant in the grounds of the famous house.

The facility, which the Trust hopes to build in the current staff car park, will cover an area of 1,317 square metres and will house two biomass boilers, along with fuel storage and associated facilities, using timber from the Bute Estate sawmill at Piperhall to heat the nearby house.

In the design brief accompanying the application, agents i10 design of Glasgow state: “Although the building is to be an independent and functional building for the storage of timber wood ship fuel and the production and distribution of heating to Mount Stuart House, our client’s brief was for the use of quality and sustainable materials to be incorporated, and the efficient design for the proposed building should fit with the Estate’s determination to have a considered, yet positive investment in a both environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing manner.”

The application states that vehicles which use the existing staff car park could easily be accommodated in the overflow car park to the south of the application site.

To read the application documents in full, click here and type 15/02999/PP in the Search box.