Ashrona Application Refused

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ASHRONA PLANNING APPLICATION 18/0836/PP was refused by the Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board of Renfrewshire Council for the following reasons:

18/0836/PP - WARD 9: INSTALLATION OF 1.99MW HYDROPOWER SCHEME COMPRISING INTAKE, PIPELINE AND TURBINE HOUSE WITH ASSOCIATED ACCESS TRACK AT CLYDE MUIRSHIEL REGIONAL PARK - RENFREWSHIRE BY ASHRONA POWER SYSTEMS LIMITED.

Councillor Rodden, seconded by Councillor McNaughtan moved that the application be refused for the following reasons. This was agreed:

1 The proposal is contrary to the Adopted Renfrewshire Local Development Plan (2014), Policy I6 and the Proposed Renfrewshire Local Development Plan (2019), Policy I4 - Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Developments, in that it is not appropriate in terms of its location, its siting and design given the potential significant effect on the local environment, overall landscape character of the area and natural environment.

2 The proposal is contrary to Policy ENV1 - Green Belt of both the Adopted Renfrewshire Local Development Plan (2014) and the Proposed Renfrewshire Local Development Plan (2019), as the pipe, dam and turbine house will impact on the landscape setting of the area.

3 The proposal is contrary to Policy ENV2 - Natural Heritage of both the Adopted Renfrewshire Local Development Plan (2014) and the Proposed Renfrewshire Local Development Plan (2019), as the development will have an adverse impact on natural heritage including the wider biodiversity of the area.

DECIDED: That the application be refused for the following reasons:

The applicant has three months from the date of the decision to appeal to the Scottish Ministers. The date of the decision was 29th May 19 as that is when the draft minute of the meeting providing the reasons for refusal was provided to Planning Officers.

A Planning Officer spoke to the applicant following the Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board last Tuesday and the applicant confirmed that he is likely to appeal the decision.

Communities, Housing & Planning

Renfrewshire Council

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