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Overhead power line

The Comhairle has received Scottish and Southern Electricity Network’s Environmental Impact Assessment on their proposed replacement of the Harris to Stornoway overhead line.

The environmental assessment is the latest step in obtaining planning consent to replace the 58 km overhead line between the Harris grid supply point at Grosacleit and the Stornoway substation at the Arnish road end.

The report prepared by Ramboll UK Limited states that the proposed development addresses the existing 132 kV overhead line’s condition and improves network resilience. The line replacement would also support the Scottish and Southern Electricity Network’s goal of a one-third reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through the reduced need for diesel generation due to unplanned outages.

The impact assessment concludes that the proposed development’s combination of design-led mitigation and additional proven construction phase mitigation measures means there will only likely be a significant effect on ecology.

“No significant residual effects are identified for seascape, landscape and visual amenity, cultural heritage, ornithology, hydrology, hydrogeology, geology and soils, and traffic and transport,” the assessment adds.

Retention of charging station

The Comhairle’s Assets and Infrastructure Department have applied for planning consent to retain an electric vehicle rapid charge post and two associated parking bays in the car park at Pier Road, Tarbert. The development was previously granted planning permission.