The Cove Community Wind Farm project has been abandoned.
Promising millions of pounds for local causes, the hugely ambitious plan nevertheless proved highly contentious, with more than 2,500 people making comments for or against.
In the end though it was legal issues which forced the cancellation, with the Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust saying landowners had not signed lease agreements, although two local farmers have released their own statement in response, raising a range of issues.
Trust convener Murdo MacDonald said: “It was with desperate sadness that we had to do this.
“People have said it is tragic because of all the work we have put in but that is not tragic – what is tragic is the loss of this opportunity for this community.”
Four directors of the trust have resigned in recent weeks, but Mr MacDonald said it was ‘simply untrue’ that they had all stepped down because of the wind farm issue.
First revealed here last October, the plan for five 92-metre turbines were expected to produce annual windfalls of more than £300,000 for villagers in Cove, Kilcreggan, Peaton, Ardpeaton and Portkil.
But Argyll and Bute councillors were recommended to refuse the plan at a discretionary local hearing on September 17, after opposition from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), MoD contractors Denbridge Marine and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).
National politicians including MSPs Jackie Baillie and Patrick Harvie supported the plans, while opponents included MEP Struan Stevenson and celebrities Griff Rhys Jones and Rory McGrath.
For the full text of the trust’s statement click here.
For the full text of the statement issued by local farmers Abe Hamilton and John Auld click here.