What’s good enough for Wales is good enough for us

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - Opinion -

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

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