Hearing likely into Bute turbine plans

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The fate of plans for three 74-metre high wind turbines on Ascog Hill near Rothesay looks almost certain to be determined at a public hearing.

The application for the three turbines at Ascog farm has attracted 184 representations from the public at the time of this article’s publication.

Guidelines followed by Argyll and Bute Council state that discretionary hearings of the authority’s planning, protective services and licensing committee “are sometimes held when an application has attracted more than 20 individual representations”.

Those discretionary hearings are usually held in a venue close to the application site; in the past, hearings into Bute planning applications have been held at Rothesay Pavilion.

Of the 119 representations which have been published on the council’s website so far, 91 are objections to the plans, while there are 28 expressions of support.

Silghtly more than two-thirds of the objections (62 out of 91, or 68 per cent) have come from addresses on Bute, as have eleven of the 28 expressions of support (39 per cent).

To view the plans and comment on the application, click on the link to the right of this article; the deadline for comments is Friday, December 7.