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.

Ofgem

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.

Historical information

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 Pylonson 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

Secondary Steering

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

Community Consultation Events - Beauly Denny line mitigation scheme

 

Saturday 29th March 2014

Falin Church Hall

12.00am to 3.00pm

 

Saturday 5th April 2014

Cowie Community Centre, Main Street, Cowie

1.00pm to 3.00pm

 

Tuesday 8th April 2014

Throsk Community Centre, Kersie Road, Throsk

4.00pm to 7.00pm

 

Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Plean Primary School

3.00pm to 7.00pm

 

See also: Scottish Power webpage with information on the on the mitigation scheme.

Legacy Steering Group Meetings


 
Meeting 2013Meeting 2012   
17 December 2013
22 October 2013
27 September 2013
1 August 2013
7 JUNE 2013
    
7 MAY 2013 
7 DECEMBER 2012
17 AUGUST 2012
 
  

12 APRIL 2013

21 NOVEMBER 2012
30 JULY 2012
 
 
 5 MARCH 2013
6 NOVEMBER 2012
   
7 FEBRUARY 2013
 
22 OCTOBER 2012
   
8 JANUARY 2013
 
31 AUGUST 2012
  
  
 
Meetings  2012/13
Meetings 2012
Meetings 2011
 
    
TUESDAY 6 MARCH 2012
MONDAY 12 DECEMBER 2011
 
FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2011
 
FRIDAY 13 MAY 2011
 
MONDAY 17 JANUARY 2011
 
 
WEDNESDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2012
MONDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2011
 
FRIDAY 12 AUGUST 2011
 
FRIDAY 15 APRIL 2011
 
MONDAY 10 JANUARY 2011
 
 
TUESDAY 24 JANUARY: Meeting with Minister 2012
TUESDAY 18 OCTOBER 2011
 
WEDNESDAY 13 JULY 2011
 
THURSDAY 24 MARCH 2011
 
  
TUESDAY 24 JANUARY 2012
FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER 2011
 
MONDAY 27 JUNE 2011
 
WEDNESDAY 9 MARCH 2011
 
  
MONDAY 9 JANUARY 2012
FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2011
 
THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2011
 
THURSDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2011
 
   
Public Consultation Meetings