By Rebecca Shearer
Councillors in Argyll and Bute have given the go-ahead for a three-turbine wind farm to be built along the southern ridge of Barr Glen in Kintyre after developer Fyne Futures agreed to modify its initial proposal.
The turbines, each 100 metres in height, will be built in one of the ‘hidden glens’ in the Kintyre Peninsula, a short distance from the main A83 road, and would be developed near the the village of Glenbarr.
The proposal for the development had earlier been rejected in April and May due to environmental concerns and to allow changes to be made to satisfy Scottish National Heritage. However, Argyll and Bute Council accepted the proposal following a discretionary hearing earlier this month.
Colin Renfrew, Secretary for Fyne Futures, said: “The Argyll and Bute economy benefits from a £5 million spend by the Fyne Group and the employment of approximately 50 staff”.
“This is an innovative opportunity to generate £780, 000 a year – which equates to 17 affordable homes or 31 jobs”.
The Barr Glenn is a common area for wind turbines, having already experienced the development of the Beinn An Tuirc wind farm, which was built in 2002 and consists of 46 turbines.
Each of the three turbines in the proposal would have the electrical generation capacity of 2.3MW, with the total maximum capacity reaching 6.9MW.
Councillors said that the local economic benefit of the development was an important factor in allowing the decision to be made to grant Fyne Futures permission for the development.
SNP MSP Mike MacKenzie, a member of the Holyrood Energy Committee, also said he was in full support of the proposal.