Scotland is making a vast contribution to the UK’s strategy of lowering carbon emissions and driving forward the supply of green renewable energy. To achieve this, large scale energy infrastructure projects are in the pipeline right across Scotland, particularly along the East Coast. These will have huge implications for communities, so it’s vital the public give feedback at the consultations.
The extended deadline of 23rd June for the East Coast 400kV Phase 2 project is looming. Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is currently in consultation with the public on the proposed route and substation options, and if your land is likely to be affected, it is important to seek advice at the earliest stage.
SSEN propose to install a new 400kV pylon line along the East Coast from Kintore South to Tealing and upgrade the existing line from Tealing to Glenrothes together with proposed new substation sites at Fiddes and Tealing.
Someone with firsthand experience of land affected by infrastructure projects in Aberdeenshire, is Lewis Anderson, Chartered Surveyor and Director at Davidson & Robertson (D&R). Lewis already has an existing 275kV pylon line and three oil and gas pipelines running through his farm and his land is a preferred corridor for this latest project.
Lewis Anderson said “At D&R we have a specialist utilities, energy and infrastructure team that is well versed in providing advice on access agreements, wayleaves and servitudes, crop loss and compensation. It’s a great resource to tap into and very reassuring to know the team has dealt with similar projects throughout Scotland and northern England.
“It is important that anyone potentially affected is aware that they are likely to have their reasonable professional advice costs covered by the energy company (it forms part of the compensation due under the Electricity Act 1991). It means you can receive professional advice from the earliest stage and throughout the development process to ensure that you are fully compensated for loss and inconvenience.
“Time is of the essence, feedback and options need to be submitted by 23rd June, so if you are likely to be affected – speak to a professional as soon as possible.”
More information on the project and consultation can be found on SSEN’s website HERE.