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HGBG continues to monitor planning applications for developments in the countryside around Helensburgh. We submit objections when breaches of the Green Belt or other countryside designations appear to us to be harmful.

The most recent of these is an application to construct an electricity storage system in the Green Belt beside the A818 at the corner with the entry road the Glen Fruin north-east of the skating pond.

In general, HGBG supports energy storage, the technology of which is evolving. However, this application is flawed in our view. The proposed site is at a key landscape point in the Green Belt and there would be traffic dangers. Also there are lesser objections.

Only three years ago, Argyll and Bute Council – to its great credit – extended the Green Belt to protect landscape north of the A818 road all the way from Helensburgh to the boundary of the National Park. The development proposed by Capbal Limited would be in this new section of Green Belt, in effect challenging the Council’s new policy.

There have been accidents on the A818 road, some with injuries and the most recent fatal. To have lorries and other vehicles turning into an industrial site beside this narrow, busy road at a bend and near a dangerous road junction into Glen Fruin would add to hazards.