Glasgow airport officials have refused to lift their objection to a wind farm above Helensburgh and Rhu, meaning the plans look almost certain to be rejected unless they are amended.
Planning officials at Argyll and Bute Council warned that the airport’s objection meant the plans for five 86.5-metre turbines had ‘little chance of success’.
But Helensburgh Renewables, which is trying to develop the site at Tom Na H Airidh hill with Luss Estates and Green Cat Renewables, were undeterred and held a meeting with the airport last week to discuss its objection.
Afterwards a spokesperson for the airport said: “Glasgow Airport is a vital part of Scotland’s infrastructure which support’s thousands of jobs across the West of Scotland.
“As the airport operators, we are legally obliged to protect the safe and efficient operation of airspace in the area.
“Some wind turbine developments could impact upon the operation of the airspace as they interfere with radar systems.
“We can often resolve these issues, but this is not always possible as is the case with the proposed wind farm.”
Airport experts said the turbines would generate ‘clutter’ on radar screens, forcing planes to make a diversion.
After the officials comments were received – along with objections from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park – council planners wrote to the developers inviting them to withdraw the project.
A spokesperson for Helensburgh Renewables said this week: “Following our meeting with Glasgow Airport, the Helensburgh Renewables team is considering the output from the discussion to determine what, if any, amendments may be made to the application.”