What’s good enough for Wales is good enough for us
You may have heard I recently led a Scottish Parliament debate on the impact of National Grid pylon developments on Scotland’s iconic countryside.
Campaigners did incredible work in highlighting the threat that the Blackhillock to Kintore pylon project presented to the beautiful north-east countryside.
I was extremely pleased to hear that, soon after my motion was selected for debate, Scottish and Southern Electricity Network called to confirm the National Grid had told them not to proceed.
It’s only reasonable to ask the Scottish Government to use regulations to limit, where appropriate, the use of overhead pylons in areas of natural beauty, such as around Aberdeenshire’s iconic Bennachie.
However, there will be a continuing need to expand the capacity of the network in the north of Scotland.
That’s why I believe planning regulations need to be changed to give a “preference” for transmission lines to be undergrounded in the same way as the Welsh Assembly changed their regulations last month.
What's good enough for Wales should be good enough for Scotland too.
There will be a continuing need to expand the capacity of the network in the north of Scotland