The Scottish Government is aware that Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) is developing proposals to upgrade the electricity transmission network in Dumfries and Galloway. Further information on the proposals, including details on how members of the public may engage with the planning process being undertaken by SPEN, is available from the company's website.
In Scotland, applications for consent to install overhead power lines are made to the Scottish Ministers under section 37 of the Electricity Act (1989). Scottish Ministers have not yet received any application for the above project. SPEN has indicated that it does not expect to submit any application for the proposals before 2019.
Statutory Stakeholder Liaison Group
Considering the potential size and complexity of the proposed project, the Scottish Government is currently chairing a Statutory Stakeholder Liaison Group comprised of the relevant planning authorities, statutory consultees and SPEN.
This group provides a forum for considering the planning, environmental, cultural and natural heritage issues that will arise from the proposal.
Decisions on these matters will ultimately be a matter for the Scottish Ministers. The Group’s activities are to ensure that there will be an open and constructive approach to identifying, reporting and considering issues that may have an impact on any such decisions. The Group also provides a forum for addressing cross-cutting issues and developing good information flows that will contribute to the prevention or minimisation of delays in considering issues.
It is anticipated that other stakeholders may be invited to attend, at certain times, as the scheme and consultation progresses.
Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Reinforcement Project reviewed
SPEN have advised that the future needs of the transmission network have changed.
Following a cost-benefit analysis with National Grid, the GB Transmission System Operator, to make sure the proposals were the most efficient and economical, the scope and scale of SPEN’s original project has been reduced.
The DGSR Project will not go ahead in its original form.
There remains a requirement however to replace ageing infrastructure between Kendoon and Tongland to guarantee local electricity supplies. This project is known as the Kendoon to Tongland Reinforcement Project (KTR project).
The Statutory Stakeholder Liaison Group will continue to work together as above to consider the planning, environmental, cultural and natural heritage issues that will arise from the KTR project.
A Kendoon to Tongland Reinforcement Project web page containing the minutes of the KTR Statutory Stakeholder Liaison Group can be located here.
Minutes of the meetings of this group are available below.
21 February 2014
13 March 2015
29 April 2015
28 October 2015
2 December 2015
27 July 2016