What does Bute think of Cowal wind plans?

An artist's impression, courtesy of the Save Cowal's Hills protest group, of what the view from Inverkip might be like should the PNEwind development go ahead.
An artist's impression, courtesy of the Save Cowal's Hills protest group, of what the view from Inverkip might be like should the PNEwind development go ahead.

Bute Community Council wants to know what the island’s residents think of proposals a major wind farm development on the Cowal peninsula, north of Rothesay Bay.

The community council is asking members of the public to have their say in helping BCC form its own response to the proposal by PNE Wind UK for a hillside site at Bachan Burn, between Innellan and Dunoon.

The company has yet to submit a planning application for the scheme, although a December 2013 ‘scoping report’ stated that two development options would be suitable - one with 20 turbines, each 110 metres tall, and the other featuring 15 turbines, each 145m in height.

PNE’s intentions have attracted widespread opposition in the Dunoon area, and Philip Norris from the Save Cowal’s Hills pressure group visited Bute last month to ask BCC to object to the proposal.

At their meeting in Rothesay this week, BCC members agreed to ask the public for their views on the Bachan Burn development before coming to a view of their own.

You can find out more about Bachan Burn at the PNE Wind UK website, while Save Cowal’s Hills also have a website which can be found by clicking here.

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