Proposed Tomatin substation plans changed on back of community feedback

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc has changed the preferred location of its proposed substation in Tomatin following an extensive consultation.

The proposed substation is part of a wider project to reinforce the electricity network between Beauly, Knocknagael and Tomatin. 

Over 300 people commented on the proposals in the last round of consultation events in April last year. SHE Transmission will be hosting its next set of events next week to provide an update on the project requirements.

Stephen McCall, Project Manager for the SHE Transmission project, said: “We have modified our project in response to the feedback we received from the local community and interested stakeholders and hope that we can now work together to progress with the new proposals.

“I am keen to understand and listen to the opinion of those living in the area and would encourage the public to come along to our events next week to provide their feedback on what we believe is a responsible and satisfactory site.”

Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, had met with SHE Transmission during the consultation period to express the concerns of his constituents, he said: "Last February several constituents consulted me as their local MSP at a surgery expressing their  strong opposition to the proposal that Garbole be  the location of the substation required in the Tomatin area.

“I wrote to the Chief Executive of SSE on 5th March outlining these concerns and requesting a site meeting.  That duly took place, and was followed by further meetings between myself and SHE Transmission representatives..  

"I am delighted that SHE Transmission have taken a great deal of time and effort to listen  very carefully to the views of local residents, and also that, following  careful deliberation,  have  now proposed an alternative site for the location of the sub-station instead of Garbole.     

“Of course the question of the access route to the new site remains to be determined, and  it is sensible that there be further consultation on this, now that people know where the sub-station is to be located.

“I would also recognise the substantial work that the community council has done in putting forward the views of the local residents.   I  wish to thank SHE Transmission and their staff for listening to the people and responding positively to the concerns expressed."

SHE Transmission has today published a newsletter detailing the latest changes to the proposed Beauly-Knocknagael-Tomatin reinforcement project. The document also includes detail on the future grid connections for the local Allt Duine, Glen Kyllachy and Tom Nan Clach wind farms.

The consultation events will be held next week as follows:

Tuesday 17       March       Strathdearn Hall, Tomatin         3pm to 7pm

Wednesday 18   March       Farr Community Hall, Farr         3pm to 7pm

Thursday 19      March      Lochardil Hotel, Inverness          3pm to 7pm

Further information and the newsletter can be found on the dedicated websites below:

www.ssepd.co.uk/BeaulyKnocknagaelTomatin

www.ssepd.co.uk/AlltDuineConnection

www.ssepd.co.uk/GlenKyllachyConnection

www.ssepd.co.uk/TomNanClachConnection