Public Inquiry For Beauly to Denny Power Line

The Scottish Executive has announced that the proposed upgrade of the overhead electricity transmission line between Beauly and Denny will be referred to public inquiry. 

Following this announcement, The Highland Council’s Director of Planning and Development, John Rennilson said: “We welcome the fact that the matter is going to be resolved one way or another as a result of a public inquiry.  Highland Council supports the ability to transmit renewable energy south.  There are only short lengths of line that there are objections to, nevertheless we will be continuing our discussions with Scottish Southern Energy to narrow the areas of disagreement if possible.  We have a further meeting with them scheduled to take place in September.  We will also be meeting with the other Councils, the National Park and SNH to see if, wherever possible, we can present a common case to save both time and money.

“We understand that there will be pre-inquiry meeting in October to assist all parties to be able to organise their contributions.  Council officials will be attending all meetings affecting the Highland Council area.”

30 Aug 2006