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 two 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.
SPEN has already consulted on the wider KTR project, but we are now consulting separately on our proposals for Glenlee to ensure local people have the opportunity to comment.
A full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is not required for the substation extension, but we will carry out an appraisal of the potential environmental effects of the project, including, where relevant, potential cumulative effects associated with the KTR project, and submit a report with the planning application in late April 2018.