The deadline for comments on plans for the UK’s largest community wind farm has been extended to February 18.
Over 270 members of the public have already made formal comments on the plan for Cove Community Wind Farm.
And this week Argyll and Bute Council confirmed that the original deadline of January 31 had been extended after a request by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park officials.
An area of the park including Strone, Blairmore and Ardentinny is directly opposite the site where Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust wants to site five 92.5-metre turbines.
The trust has offered to share some of the £300,000 – £400,000 it hopes to raise every year with those communities, but many residents are firmly opposed to the plan.
However the vast majority of the comments published so far on the council’s website are in support of the application – trust directors have been urging villagers in Cove, Kilcreggan, Peaton, Ardpeaton and Portkil to support the proposals.
They argue that their community is in decline, saying post offices, schools and other facilities face the threat of closure – the picture below was among documents submitted to the council.
The trust is keen for the application to be approved as soon as possible since the wind farm would need to be in operation by March 2014 to meet its financial targets.
The time taken for planning decisions to be taken can vary widely but on Monday councillors are due to consider a single turbine proposed for Muasdale near Tarbert. That application was validated on March 2 last year.
Since the Cove application was lodged in December another application for a five-turbine community wind farm has been revealed, this time for a site above Helensburgh.
A council spokesperson confirmed that the deadline for the Cove plan had been extended following a request from the national park, adding: “It should be noted that representations can be made at any point up until an application goes before the planning committee.”