Argyll and Bute Council’s planning committee has signalled strongly that it intends to abide by the conclusions of its own Wind Energy Capacity Study.
At the end of January and within a week, it twice rejected applications for two very tall single wind turbines whose size and locations were deemed entirely unacceptable.
On Wednesday 23rd January, the planning committee refused permission for an 84 metre single turbine at Spion Kop on the Skipness Road in Kintyre.
A week later on the 28th January, at a full discretionary hearing of the planning committee, permission was refused for another single 84 metre wind turbine at North Beachmore, near Muasdale in Kintyre.
Reports from the planning authorities on both applications were quite scathing and both had given rise to a substantial level of objection from their local communities.
In line with the Argyll and Bute Wind Energy Capacity Study, the committee deemed, in turn, that the locations and size of these turbines were not acceptable.
This is seen as a clear message to would be developers that inappropriately sited turbines of industrial scale will be strongly resisted.
This sort of application – in the scale of the machines – pushes hard against the boundaries of a scheme for more easily consented single community or farm turbines – which has already been the subject of abuse by developers.
They came up with the dodge of making, say, four serial applications for a single turbine in adjacent properties, adding up to a small wind farm which, as such, would have been subject to different consent procedures.