To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints have been received by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in relation to disputes arising from landowners challenging permission given to Northern Ireland Electricity to erect overhead power lines since January 2002; how many formal hearings have been organised by DETI; and how many hearings have found in favour of the landowner.
No complaints involving a formal challenge of any of the necessary wayleaves granted to Northern Ireland Electricity plc (NIE) for the erection of overhead electric lines since January 2002 have been received by the Department.
Seven wayleave hearings have been organised by the Department in response to such applications in the period. In all but one case, the Department decided, after careful consideration of the representations by the landowner and NIE, to grant the company a necessary wayleave. The remaining application was withdrawn by NIE, following the hearing, as agreement was reached between the company and the landowner on a voluntary wayleave.