The date for a public hearing which will have the final say on plans for the UK’s largest community wind farm was revealed today.
A meeting on Tuesday September 17 will decide the fate of the Cove Community Wind Farm, Argyll and Bute Council has announced.
The proposals for five turbines have proved hugely controversial, with more than 2,500 comments from the public – three times the figure for the Waitrose application in Helensburgh.
Most of the comments have been in favour of the plans by Rosneath Peninsula west Community Development Trust, which says it would create more than £300,000 per year for local causes in Cove, Kilcreggan, Portkil, Peaton and Ardpeaton.
But more than 1,000 people have objected to the plans, which are recommended for refusal by council planning officials after coming in for criticism from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority and Scottish Natural Heritage.
The final decision however will be made by the elected members of the council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee at the hearing in the Victoria Halls, Helensburgh, which will start at 9.30am.