Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Scottish electricity pylon plan opposed

A £320M scheme to build electricity pylons across the Scottish Highlands should be scrapped and sub-sea cables used instead, environmentalists said this week.

The John Muir Trust, which is opposed to plans from Scottish & Southern Energy, said routing the new power line along the seabed would make it easier to connect to new offshore wind farms.

Scottish & Southern wants to build 600 pylons, up to 64m high, through the Cairngorms National Park. This would connect new windfarms near Inverness to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The power link proposal has been the subject of a one year planning inquiry called by the Scottish Executive after 18,000 people formally objected to the plan. The inquiry - the biggest ever held in Scotland - closes next week.

Scottish and Southern Energy has so far argued that overhead power lines are the only viable way of constructing the power link. "The public inquiry is the forum in which the debate must now take place," said a spokeswoman for the power company.

The Scottish Executive is expected to make a decision on the power line next year.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.