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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Daniel Hampsey, Mark Irvine, Paul Kennedy, Liz McCabe and Luna Martin.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
MOWI SCOTLAND LTD: FORMATION OF FISH FARM (ATLANTIC SALMON) INCORPORATING TWELVE 120M CIRCUMFERENCE CIRCULAR CAGES AND SITING OF FEED BARGE: NORTH KILBRANNAN FISH FARM, NORTH OF COUR BAY, KILBRANNAN SOUND, EAST KINTYRE (REF: 20/01345/MFF) PDF 529 KB
Report by Head of Development and Economic Growth
Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting which was being held on a hybrid
basis. For the purposes of the sederunt Iain Jackson, Clerk to the Committee today, read
out the names of the Members of the Committee and asked them to confirm their
In advance of the meeting today interested parties confirmed they would
make presentations to the Committee. Mr
Jackson read out the names of those representatives and asked them to confirm
their attendance. Mr Jackson also
clarified that there were no others in attendance today that wished to speak.
The Chair, having explained the hearing procedure that would be
followed, invited the Planning Officer to present the case.
behalf of the Head of Development and Economic Growth, Sandra Davies, Major
Applications Team Leader, made the following presentation with the aid of power
Slide 1: PPSL Front Sheet
Slide 2: Title and Location Plan
application is for the formation of a new fish farm off the east coast of
Kintyre. The site is located in the Kilbrannan Sound about 10km north of Carradale
and to the north of Cour Bay.
Slide 3 Proposed Site Plan
fish farm would have 12 circular cages with each cage measuring 120m
circumference in a 2x6 grid along with a feed barge.
Slide 4 Plans and Elevations
cages would be low in profile and finished in a dark, non- reflective
material. This shows the plans and
elevations of the proposed cage group.
Slide 5 Typical Pen Design
plan shows a typical pen design with pole mounted top nets.
Slide 6 Feed Barge
are the drawings for the proposed feed barge which has the design of a marine
site would be serviced from the existing shore base at Carradale
Harbour which already serves Mowi’s fish farms Carradale North and South.
Slide 7 (Environmental Impact Assessment Front
Environmental Impact Assessment has been carried out in relation to this
application. The EIA process looks at
the significant effects of a project on the environment. As with any other type of planning
application, the legislation requires that the proposals be assessed against
the policies of the development plan. If the proposal accords with these
policies then the development should be approved unless material considerations
Slide 8 (NPF4 and LDP front covers)
Development Plan comprises National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) adopted
February 2023 and the Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan adopted 2015.
Slide 9: NPF 4 Policy 32
should be read as a whole and is based around six overarching spatial
principles which the proposed development should comply. Part 2 of NPF 4 contains 33 policies and the
report of handling for this application details those which would apply to the
number of NPF4 policies apply to this development, however, the prime policy
for aquaculture is policy 32. This
policy makes it clear that LDPs should guide new aquaculture development in
line with National and Regional Marine Plans.
They should minimise environmental impacts, including cumulative impacts
that arise from other existing and planned aquaculture development in the area
whilst also reflecting industry needs.
Policy 32 requires the consideration of a set of criteria which are
similar to those covered the LDP aquaculture policy AQUA 1. I have highlighted these criteria in bold on
Slide 10 – Policy AQUA 1
is policy AQUA 1 from the adopted LDP showing the eight criteria which require
to be assessed in the determination of this application.
this application was presented to the PPSL committee in May, Argyll and Bute
Council’s proposed Local Development Plan 2 (pLDP2) has gained enhanced status
as this has been returned to the Council following the Examination
Report no. 3 has therefore assessed proposal against the relevant pLDP2
policies. Following this process it has
been concluded that there would be no substantive change to the policy
assessment of the proposal.
Landscape / Seascape
and Visual Amenity
to the adopted LDP, AQUA 1 is a criteria based policy which relates
specifically to marine and freshwater aquaculture. The application has been
assessed against each of the eight criteria and found to comply with the
plan. I will go through each of these
criteria in turn.
Slide 11 ZTV Slide
first criteria to be considered under this policy relates to landscape /
seascape and visual amenity. A landscape and visual appraisal has been included
with the EIAR.
proposed fish farm would be located off a small promontory named Rubha Riabhach which is located
beyond a rocky shoreline. The site is
theoretically visible to a wide extent from both the north and the south with
the views to the 2west curtailed by the promontory. The current slide shows the Zone of
Theoretical Visibility or ZTV with the view points
locations marked. There are clear views from the Kilbrannan
Sound and distant views from the Isle of Arran.
The EIAR notes that the location of Rubha Riabhach is remote from residential properties and outwith sightlines of adjacent Crossaig
and Cour. It
is further noted that the coastline of Arran is sufficiently far away to
B842 runs north from Campbeltown to Cloanaig. This is a
single track road which moves in and out from the coastline due to
topography. In places there are elevated
views across the Kilbrannan Sound toward Arran and
Ailsa Craig. The road is also designated
as long distance cycle path (NCN 78) and core path. The closest dwellings to
the proposed fish farm can be found at Cour and Crossaig at distances between 1km and 1.5km.
The SLVIA notes that the key seascape and landscape characteristics of the area are the remote and indented coastline, the narrowing of the Kilbrannan Sound and proximity to Arran, where the low hills of Kintyre contrast with the drama of the rugged Arran skyline. The gentle landscape of the area and clustered settlement pattern, with strong links to ... view the full minutes text for item 3.