Helensburgh joint venture planning application submitted

Community Energy Scotland’s Chief Executive Nicholas Gubbins has welcomed a milestone for Helensburgh Renewables, which has submitted a formal application for planning consent to Argyll and Bute Council.

Five wind turbines are planned for land above the Clyde-side town of Helensburgh, about 30 miles west of Glasgow. The project is a three-way partnership involving the community, the landowner and a developer.

The project is led by Helensburgh Community Development Trust and their subsidiary, HelensburghRenewables Ltd..  The plan is bold, and the partnership strong.  Local landowner Luss Estates and Green Cat Renewables are partners with the community company Helensburgh Renewables which hopes to erect five 800kilowatt machines above the town.  The community will own 25% of the scheme.

Gubbins commented:

“Joint ventures are a great way of linking commecial developers, landowners and communities in projects which have a significant scale and benefits for all.  There is a great deal of transparency in these agreements, with everyone working for the same outcome.

“I hope that Argyll and Bute Council will register the overwhelming community, environmental and economic benefits that would flow from consenting this popular development proposal.”

The Helensburgh Community Windfarm is  subject to planning consent from Argyll and Bute Council. You can view all the documents which have been submitted, the map and other technical details on the Argyll and Bute Council e-planning website, Public Access   


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