Proposals for the UK’s largest community wind farm have now been opened up for formal consultation.
The Cove Community Wind Farm plan was first revealed here in October, and has been discussed since then at public meetings across the area.
Now the proposals by the Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust will be considered by Argyll and Bute Council’s major applications team, based in Lochgilphead.
As expected, five 92.5 metre turbines are proposed, as well as a control building, hardstandings, underground cabling and construction compound, a new access track and upgrading of an existing track.
Land at Barbour Farm, Knockderry Farm and ‘Clynder woodland’ would be affected.
The trust hopes that the wind farm will be in operation by April 2014.
The plans were received by the council on December 6 and validated 14 days later after details had been clarified, but only appeared on the website today; the advertisement expiry date is listed as January 31.
The documents will be available in Rosneath post office, and the public can comment on the proposals on the council’s website here.
Hunters Quay Community Council have already commented, saying all members objected to the plan: “This is a holiday area and no-one can describe a wind farm as attractive.
“The eye would automatically be drawn to such a monstrosity. There is no way that this blight on the landscape can be hidden.”
The plan promises to generate over £300,000 a year for the communities of Cove, Kilcreggan, Peaton, Ardpeaton and Portkil, and after a public meeting in Cove Burgh Hall in October a poll showed 82% of residents were in favour.
But residents in the villages of Blairmore, Strone and Kilmun, on the other side of Loch Long, voted against the proposal by a similar margin despite being offered a share of the proceeds.
And the Cowal Courier reported last month that community councillors in Dunoon gave the plan a ‘frosty response’, although a formal response had not yet been formulated.