On 28 August 2020, SP Transmission Plc submitted an application under section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 for Scottish Ministers’ consent to install the proposed Glenlee to Tongland tower line 132kV overhead electric line, to be located within the planning authority area of Dumfries and Galloway Council. The proposed development is subject to environmental impact assessment.
The planning application can be seen on SPEN's website:
How to Object
Both e-mail or written objections must include your name and address in BLOCK Capitals along with the planning application reference which is ECU00002128.
e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter to: Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU
The Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 allows for representations to be made to Scottish Ministers. The closing date for consultation responses is 13th February 2021
On the 14th April Dumfries and Galloway Council objected to SPEN's proposals. Councillors said that they felt it had not been proven that the proposals would not have a significant detrimental impact on regional scenic areas.
The application will now go to a public enquiry.
To date the number of objections received by the Energy Consents Unit are as follows:
Total number of objections to date are 909 with the demographic breakdown being:
564 from residents in Dumfries and Galloway
177 from the rest of Scotland
154 from the UK (excluding Scotland)
14 from overseas
There has not been a single representation in favour of the proposal.
The present situation can be seen in the letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Mr Michael Matheson, to Finlay Carson MSP.
I have since met Finlay and spoken to SPEN and I doubt if there will be any action until the summer.