Glenlee substation adjoins Glenlee Hydropower Station on the Water of Ken, near St John's Town of Dalry. The power station is the hub of Scottish Power's network of six Galloway hydro power stations which are all operated from Glenlee. The substation converts the 11kV (11,000 volts) electricity output from the power station up to grid voltage (132kV) for onward transmission through the power network.
SPEN now need to extend Glenlee substation to accommodate the extra equipment they need to connect and operate the new overhead lines proposed as part of the KTR Project. SPEN state that the work at Glenlee needs to be completed before they build the new overhead lines so they need to make a planning application specifically for Glenlee substation before and separate from, their application for the KTR Project. Because Glenlee substation operates at 132kV their proposed extension is classed as a national development in terms of National Planning Framework 3. This means that they need to carry out pre-application consultation and submit a design and access statement with their application. A full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is not required for the substation extension but SPEN will carry out an appraisal of the potential environmental effects of the project, including, where relevant, potential cumulative effects associated with the KTR Project. This report was going to be submitted with the planning application to D & G Council in late April 2018 but has, thankfully, been delayed to allow time for a second option to be investigated after consultations with local residents. Local objections can be seen with a petition, Click here, and press coverage, Click here.