Beauly - Denny power line
Beauly to Denny - Overhead power line update
Background information on Overhead Line
In 2010 Scottish Ministers granted consent for the Beauly to Denny 400kv transmission line, which will pass through the Stirling Council area from north of Kinbuck over Sheriffmuir, along the scarp at Blairlogie Kirk, passing to the east of Stirling across the Forth Valley, skirting Fallin, Cowie and Plean, to Glenside, a length of 22km.
Communities will be aware the Council established a Steering Group to oversee its response to the project and to pursue the Council's wish for the line to be undergrounded. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the Council and other groups, this proved unsuccessful and consent was confirmed for an overhead line.
Scottish Government approves Visual Mitigation Scheme
In December 2011, the Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism approved Scottish Power Transmission's Stirling Visual Impact Mitigation Scheme, which proposed measures to provide enhanced mitigation through a green network that includes a combination of woodland planting, paths, signage and integrated wildlife habitats.
Council Sets-up Beauly to Denny Legacy Steering Group
In 2012, the Council established the new Beauly to Denny Power Line Legacy Steering Group to work with the Scottish Government, Scottish Power Transmission and partner agencies to oversee the development of mitigation measures and projects in consultation with communities. The Group meets regularly to review and oversee the development of the measures.
Membership of the Beauly to Denny Power Line Legacy Steering Group comprises four Elected Members - Councillors Callum Campbell, Mark Ruskell, Jim Thomson and Violet Weir, and three public representatives - Tommy Brookes, Peter Pearson and Russell Tod.
When the compensatory mitigation design principles are finalised by Scottish Power Transmission Ltd, they will be submitted to the energy regulator Ofgem, who will assess the proposals against a series of statutory requirements, before approving the necessary funding.
The proposals include the joint appointment of a Project Development Officer who will be responsible for working up proposals in detail in accordance with the agreed framework and budget and progressing consultation with the local communities and other partner groups and organisations.
Consultation with communities
It is anticipated that consultations will begin early in the summer of 2013, with work on the landscape projects starting in 2014.
The Council will ensure that communities along the route of the power line will be fully involved with the mitigation schemes as environmental projects move forward.
The Legacy Steering Group will issue bulletins through the local media and via the Council website to keep communities up-to-date with information and fully informed of future developments.
The Beauly – Denny 400kv Power Line
Scottish Ministers have given approval under the Electricity Act for the installation of a 400kv overhead electricity transmission line from Beauly to Denny.
Around 22kms of the line will be within the Stirling Council area, passing through the east of the district from north of Dunblane to south of Plean.
Scottish Ministers have imposed a number of conditions on the Consent which the Council will be consulted on and, in some cases, will be required to approve, to enable the transmission line to be constructed.
Information on the applications, the environmental statement, the Report of the Public Inquiry and the Ministers decision can all be found on the Scottish Government’s website.
Scottish and Southern Energy/Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Limited (SSE/SHETL) are the developers of the northern section of line to the east of Dunblane, with Scottish Power Transmission Ltd (SPT) developing the southern section of the line to the south west of Plean.
Documentation, including the route of the powerline for the SSE section of the powerline can be found in the SSE website.
Stirling Council has considered a Report on the decision of Scottish Ministers to approve the Beauly Denny power line in March 2010. The Report can be viewed on the Stirling Council website
In response to the Scottish Ministers decision to approve the Beauly to Denny Powerline, the Council took a decision on 11 March to establish a Steering Group comprising four elected members, one from each political party, and to invite three members of the public to assist in the consideration of mitigation measures and construction related matters, as the power line project is developed. The Steering Group will oversee consultations with the communities, interest groups, key stakeholders, the power companies and Scottish Ministers. The Steering Group will consider matters of visual intrusion, health, community and environmental impacts of the proposed power line.
Legacy Steering Group
There are two associated Groups working in partnership with the Legacy Steering Group
This Group was established at the request of the Minister and comprises representatives from Stirling Council, Scottish Power Transmission Ltd, the Scottish Government and Central Scotland Green Network.
Membership of this Group comprises:
- Les Goodfellow, Head of Environment, Stirling Council
- Peter Morgan, Chief Planning Officer, Stirling Council
- Simon Rennie, Central Scotland Green Network
- Simon Cootes, Scottish Government
- Cathy Cacace, Scottish Government
- Julian Farra, Ironside Farrar
Partnership Implementation Group
Stirling Council established this Group, which is responsible to the Legacy Group, to manage the feasibility, selection, consultation, design and implementation of the compensatory mitigation, supported by sub-groups responsible for specific landscape measures and projects.
The role of this Group is to sift and prioritise proposed projects and report these to the Legacy Steering Group, which will then report its views to Stirling Council for formal decision.
Membership of this Group comprises:
Zoe Kemp, Scottish Natural Heritage Simon Rennie, Central Scotland Green Network
Mike Strachan, Forestry Commission
Legacy Steering Group Meetings
Meeting 2013 Meeting 2012
|17 December 2013|