Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust (the Trust) has encountered a problem in its plans to build a wholly community owned wind farm and has taken the difficult decision to cancel the project.
The problem arises in the failure to agree an Option and Lease Agreement with the landowners prior to the conclusion of the planning process. The Trust, and its funders and lawyers, are clear that such agreement is essential as any planning permission applies to the relevant land. It does not belong to the applicant. Therefore, without the security afforded by an option agreement, there is nothing to prevent the landowners selling the planning permission to another developer.
Unfortunately, although the terms of the Option and Lease Agreement were agreed in November 2012, the Trust has been unable to get these documents signed. This is despite repeated assurances that the landowners were content with the agreement and that matters would be brought to a swift conclusion. It is unfortunate that despite all our efforts we have been unable to get the agreement signed within the available time.
The Trust is very grateful to all those who have worked so hard to deliver the project, including the hundreds who supported the project during the planning consultation process to give our application a majority in favour.
The Trust will continue with its other activities, which include the successful Cove Fringe and Sea Change arts festivals alongside Cove Burgh Hall, and its application for a 2014 Creative Places award in conjunction with the community councils in Rosneath & Clynder, Garelochhead and Cove & Kilcreggan.
The Trust housing group continues its efforts to bring affordable and special needs housing to the peninsula. The environment group is still working on methods of knotweed eradication, and is planning to regenerate the ‘Brownie Park’ in 2014 to mark the centenary of the Brownies.