– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 17th March 2011.

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Photo of Murdo Fraser Murdo Fraser Conservative

Question S3W-40344

To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has taken on the potential undergrounding of the Beauly Denny power line since the Beauly Denny public inquiry closed.

Photo of Jim Mather Jim Mather Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government has requested that both SSE Power Distribution and Scottish Power Transmission Ltd examine options for undergrounding the Beauly Denny upgrade in their respective areas as part of the process of developing proposals for visual mitigation schemes. The Scottish Government have taken advice on the options for these schemes from Stirling Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, internal planning colleagues, and local parties and landowners, as well as maintaining an interest in developments elsewhere in Europe, and the publication of reports on undergrounding such as the recent ENTSO-E report published in December 2010. Scottish ministers recently requested that further dialogue take place between Stirling Council and Scottish Power Transmission Ltd to examine all the options, including partial undergrounding of the main Beauly Denny line, to inform proposals for the Stirling Visual Impact Mitigation Scheme.

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