The fate of proposals for three 74-metre wind turbines at Ascog Farm on Bute is set to be settled by the end of this month.
The farm’s owner, Adrian Tear, appealed to the Scottish Government earlier this year after his application was turned down by Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee.
A reporter, Richard M. Hickman, was appointed to deal with the case, and the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) set a target date of November 8 for reaching a decision.
That date passed without a decision being made, and an email was sent thereafter to Giliane Mallia of SAC Commercial, Mr Tear’s agents, in which Christine Brown from the DPEA states: “The reporter sends his apologizes [sic] for the delay with issuing the decision, but he is working on it at present and aims to issue the decision by the end of November.”
More than six hundred comments from members of the public were made to Argyll and Bute Council on the original application, the vast majority of them opposed to the turbines, while the subject generated huge debate on Bute and in the pages of The Buteman.
The application was refused by the council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee on May 22, on the grounds that the turbines would have an unacceptable visual impact; Mr Tear’s appeal against refusal was submitted almost three months later.