Plans for a wind farm near Greenock have been opposed by Argyll and Bute Council.
The ten 110-metre turbines at the Inverclyde Wind Farm would be visible from areas including Helensburgh, Kilcreggan and Cardross.
And councillors at Wednesday’s meeting of the planning, protective services and licensing committee followed their officials’ recommendation to lodge an objection against the plan
A report by Richard Kerr said the plans included a viewpoint from Helensburgh, but not Cardross, which would be closer to the Corlic Hill site.
”Bearing in mind Cardross is the largest village in Argyll and Bute, with a similar population to Lochgilphead, it has been disappointing that the applicant has not provided photomontages from public viewpoints in the settlement, “ said the report.
“There is also likely to be visibility of the turbines from many streets that are located towards the northern (higher topography) parts of both Helensburgh and Cardross.”
Planners ‘generally accepted’ that the wind farm would be in a ‘partially industrialised context’ and said residents in the Rosneath Peninsula, Bute and Cowal would be ‘largely unaffected’ by the plan.
But the large turbines would protrude above the skyline and be visible from the Rhu to Dumbarton river corridor, they add.
“This would be especially the case travelling to and from, and in and around, Cardross and in the areas of green belt between Dumbarton and Helensburgh, where views across the Clyde are open and compelling,” says the report.
“The elevation, height and movement of the turbines would render them incongruous in the views currently available drawing the eye and making them unduly prominent in their landscape setting.”
The plan will be decided by In Inverclyde Council. A map showing the visual impact, photomontages of the view from Helensburgh and Kilcreggan and other details are available by clicking here.