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Kenneth Macintosh (Labour) | Question S3W-39463
To ask the Scottish Executive whether a significant volume of heavy industrial traffic to and from a plant generating electricity from waste products would be a factor when considering an application for consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989.
Jim Mather (Scottish National Party)
Yes. Traffic assessment impacts are a material consideration in any planning application and in particular with those applications which are industrial in nature.
Applications to Scottish ministers for power stations, and those for significant power lines, need to be accompanied by an environmental statement which describes the effects the development is likely to have on the environment.
The environmental statement covers all elements that the development may have an impact upon, both in the construction phase of developments and in their day to day operations.
Scotland has a robust consenting system and Scottish Ministers will always seek to strike the right balance between developing and delivering Scotland's energy future and protecting environmental, cultural heritage, economic and community issues.