A revised Environmental Statement has so far failed to win over opponents of a wind farm above Rhu and Helensburgh.
As revealed here, planning officers at Argyll and Bute Council took the rare step in November of writing to developers, saying it was unlikely they would be able to support the plans for five 86.5-metre turbines.
Soon afterwards the developers – Green Cat Renewables, Luss Estates and Helensburgh Renewables – submitted revised documentation, but key public bodies are still against the project.
And more than 200 individuals’ objections have been submitted by community web forum Save Our Rhu Bay, taking the total of objectors over 500, with less than 10% of that figure making comments in support.
Developers now say the project would benefit the Helensburgh community by up to £100,000 per year, but it appears to breach council planning policies and was hit by objections from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
A revised environmental statement, together with attempts to counter arguments by objectors, was submitted to planners in mid-November.
But it failed to convince the national park planners or Rhu and Shandon Community Council, who said the developers had simply re-asserted their original position.
SNH acknowledged that some additional information about bird life had been supplied, but added: “Overall this proposal would be uncharacteristic and incongruous in tis location and would adversely impact on a range of important and popular panoramas and views, experienced by large numbers of visitors.
“The landscape context and the important function of the receiving ridge in this scenic landscape is critical in this location.
“This ridge defines the skyline which encircles Loch Lomond and provides the immediate backdrop and setting to Loch Lomond and its fringes.”
Details of the plan and public comments can be found on the council’s website – reference number 14/01674/PP