Infrastructure and development projects to be considered by Scottish Ministers

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Published Date: 

28 Jan 2013 - 12:45

Eleven infrastructure and development projects in Argyll and Bute will be put forward to the Scottish Government as national developments or key strategic issues to be included in the National Planning Framework (NPF) 3 after agreement at the council’s latest meeting. (Thursday 24 January).

The projects being put forward include the continued improvement of the A82/A85 Oban to Glasgow and A83 from Campbeltown to Glasgow, the inclusion of Machrihanish Green Energies Hub and Cruachan Hydro Pump Storage expansion as Candidate National Development Sites and getting better broadband and mobile phone coverage across Argyll and Bute. (Please see below for a full list)

The NPF sets the national framework for land use development planning in Scotland. This means the NPF has the potential to influence future Argyll and Bute Local Development Plans over the next 30 years and how individual planning decisions are made.

Chair of the Planning, Protective Services and Licensing (PPSL) Committee, Councillor Sandy Taylor said, “These projects have been chosen by the council in consultation with its community partners as being the most likely to boost  sustainable economic growth, improve our connectivity and reduce our carbon footprint in Argyll and Bute. The recommended projects will now be considered by Scottish Ministers for inclusion in the next National Planning Framework.”

 “The council will have an opportunity to comment on the NPF 3 in March 2013 when the Scottish Government publishes the Main Issues Report. The proposed framework will then be submitted to the Scottish Parliament for debate in September this year before being finalised in June 2014.”

Each project put forward by the council has to make a significant contribution to Scotland’s sustainable economic growth, must be of regional significance and should make a significant contribution to one or more of the following:

  • An 80% reduction in emissions by 2050
  • Achieving the aims of the Zero Waste plan
  • Renewable Energy Targets
  • Skills development, reducing unemployment and job creation
  • Strengthening Scotland’s links with the rest of the world
  • Improving our digital, transport, utilities or green infrastructure networks
  • Improving the quality of the built or natural environment.


List of projects

Candidate National Development Sites

  • Cruachan Hydro Pump Storage Expansion
  • Machrihanish Green Energies Hub

Strategic Road Improvements

  • A82/A85 Oban to Glasgow
  • A83 Campbeltown to Glasgow

Strategic Port and Harbour Enhancements

  • The Lorn Arc Project (The Lorn Arc is an ambitious £20 million proposal to improve marine and road infrastructure in the Lorn area. The proposal covers Oban, Dunstaffanage, Dunbeg, North Connel and Barcaldine.)
  • Green energies hub and service base for offshore renewable energy at Campbeltown and Machrihanish.

Strategic Airport Recognition and Enhancements

  • Oban Airport ( links to island airstrips and central belt)
  • Campbeltown Airport ( link to the central belt)

Strategic Ferry Links Enhancements

  • Campbeltown to Troon and Ballycastle new vehicular link

Superfast Broadband / Comprehensive Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Providing infrastructure to deliver next generation superfast broadband and mobile phone coverage to communities in Argyll and Bute

New Electricity Grid Connections and Reinforcements

  • New connections and reinforcements to the existing transmission network to realise the growth potential in off shore and on shore renewable energy generation. In particular Carradale to Hunterson sub-sea cable link, Tiree to Dalmally sub-sea and buried cable link