SP Energy Networks are proposing the construction of a new 132kV wood pole overhead line in South Lanarkshire, between the proposed Kennoxhead Wind Farm and the existing Coalburn substation. The proposed development is needed to connect the consented Wind Farm to the electricity transmission network.
Environmental Impact Assessment - Scoping Stage
The consultation period closed on 15th March 2020 and a review of the consultation responses was undertaken. No changes to the preferred route were deemed necessary and, as such, the preferred route which was consulted on will be taken forward to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) stage as the ‘Proposed Route’.
The first phase of the EIA stage is Scoping. The objective of Scoping is to ensure the assessment process focuses on the likely significant effects associated with a project. Scoping also provides an opportunity for consultees to comment on the proposed methodologies for the EIA, identify sources of baseline information and raise any specific issues requiring assessment.
A request for a Scoping Opinion under Regulation 12 of the Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment)(Scotland) Regulations 2017 has been submitted to the Scottish Government Energy Consent Unit.
The Scoping Report can be viewed below:
The Energy Consents Unit will consult with relevant stakeholders and provide a Scoping Opinion. An assessment will subsequently then be carried out on the proposed overhead line development, based on that opinion and will accompany the subsequent application for consent.
The project commences with the routeing consultation stage, before progressing to Environmental Impact Assessment and subsequent application for consent.
During this consultation stage we are seeking views on the route selection process we have so far undertaken and the preferred route that has been arrived at.
Our consultation period runs from 1st February 2020 – 15th March 2020. During the consultation period, consultation materials will be available to download from this webpage with hard copies also available locally.
We run a series of public exhibitions in the local area where there will be an opportunity to meet the project team, learn more about the proposal and provide your feedback. Details of exhibitions are below:
Coalburn One Stop Shop
42 Coalburn Road
Wednesday 5th February
1pm – 8pm
Douglas St Brides Hall
|Thursday 6th February||1pm – 8pm|
The Routeing Consultation Report and Consultation Report Figures provides full details of the proposal. During the Consultation period, a hard copy will also be made available at Coalburn One Stop Shop and St Bride’s Hall, Douglas along with consultation leaflets to provide the local community with alternative access to the information. Please see links below. A copy of these documents will also be provided to South Lanarkshire Council Planning Department.
The eventual route proposed for the connection will take into account views expressed during this consultation stage and we encourage the local community to attend.
Should you have any enquiries or comments, please contact us at Kennoxheadgc@spenergynetworks.co.uk or by writing to:
Kennoxhead Grid Connection Project
Land and Planning Team
SP Energy Networks
55 Fullarton Drive
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