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Glenlee substation

We need to extend Glenlee substation to accommodate the extra equipment needed to connect and operate the new overhead lines proposed as part of the Kendoon to Tongland Reinforcement (KTR) Project.

We have been planning and consulting with local communities on our proposals for Glenlee as part of the KTR Project for three years, and have considered their feedback when designing the extension for Glenlee substation.

However, the work at Glenlee needs to be completed before we build the new overhead lines, so we need to make a planning application specifically for Glenlee substation before, and separate from, our application for the KTR Project. We will be applying to Dumfries and Galloway Council for consent for the Glenlee substation extension under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, as amended.

Because Glenlee substation operates at 132kV, our proposed extension is classed as a national development in terms of National Planning Framework 3. This means we need to carry out pre-application consultation and submit a design and access statement with our application.

We consulted on our proposals in March and April 2018, when we were asked if we could build the extension further away from local properties. We investigated potential alternatives, and in October 2018 we published an ‘Appraisal of Alternative Substation Options’ Report, which confirmed our proposed site should be taken forward. Since then we have been working closely with neighbouring residents to find ways to minimise disturbance to them and their properties.

We have also decided to carry out a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of our proposals, even though this is not a statutory requirement. The EIA will include potential construction impacts, so the ‘red line boundary’ on our plans has been extended to include temporary as well as permanent works.

Because the planning application boundary has been extended, we are holding a further round of consultation in June and July 2019. You can find details on the public consultation page of this website.

 
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