A number of significant projects connecting to the transmission network has triggered the need for a 400kV substation at Leylodge, Kintore.

Each year the electricity system operator (National Grid ESO) assesses all proposed network reinforcements across Great Britain and provides a recommendation on whether these proposals should proceed. This is called the Networks Options Assessment (NOA). The NOA in 2018 and 2019 has provided “Proceed” signals for the East Coast and North East network to be reinforced to 400kV operation.

To allow this, the North East and East Coast networks require reinforcement via a new substation at Kintore. This involves a phased development of a new substation operating at 400kV, with ‘Phase 1’ completed to tie in with the network north of Kintore in October 2023 and ‘Phase 2’ completed for the network south of Kintore energising to 400kV operation in 2026.

On the 31st of July 2020 we submitted two planning applications in support of our proposals. A town & country planning application was submitted to Aberdeenshire Council and can be found at the following location; https://upa.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application Planning ref: APP/2020/1437.  

We have also submitted an application to Scottish Ministers for consent under section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 relating to the over head line elements of our proposal. We have been working closely with the Energy Consents Unit to ensure that, during the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the UK and Scottish Governments, the application can be processed formally and in accordance with all relevant Regulations. Please see below should you wish to view the documents contained within our Section 37 application in full.

Should you have further questions on our proposals then please visit our project website https://www.ssen-transmission.co.uk/projects/kintore-400kv-substation/ or contact the project Community Liaison Manager, Gary Donlin at gary.donlin@sse.com

Section 37 - Cover Letter & Advert

Section 37 - Cover Letter & Advert

Cover Letter
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Advert
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Environmental Appraisal – Chapter List

Environmental Appraisal – Chapter List

Chapter 1 - Introduction and Scope of Report
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Chapter 2 - Consideration of Alternatives
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Chapter 3 - The Proposed Development
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Chapter 4 - Landscape and Visual
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Chapter 5 - Terrestrial Ecology
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Chapter 6 - Ornithology
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Chapter 7 - Water and Soils
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Chapter 8 - Cultural Heritage
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Contents Glossary and Abbreviations
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Environmental Appraisal – Figures

Environmental Appraisal – Figures

Figure 1.1 Location Plan
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Figure 2.1 Scheme Alternatives
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Figure 3.1 The Proposed Development
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Figure 3.2a- Visualisation Location 1 B977 road North of Leylodge Cottages (Location Plan)
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Figure 3.2b- Visualisation Location 1 B977 road North of Leylodge Cottages (Existing View
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Figure 3.2c- Visualisation Location 1B977 road North of Leylodge Cottages (Wireline)
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Figure 3.2d- Visualisation Location 1 B977 road North of Leylodge Cottages (Photomontage Upon Completion)
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Figure 3.2e- Visualisation Location 1 B977 road North of Leylodge Cottages (Photomontage 10 Years)
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Figure 3.3a- Visualisation Location 2 From near Dewsford Farm (Location Plan)
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Figure 3.3b- Visualisation Location 2 From near Dewsford Farm (Existing View).
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Figure 3.3c- Visualisation Location 2 From near Dewsford Farm (Wireline)
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Figure 3.3d- Visualisation Location 2 From near Dewsford Farm (Photomontage Upon Completion)
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Figure 3.3e- Visualisation Location 2 From near Dewsford Farm (Photomontage 10 Years)
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Figure 4.1 ZTVs with Study Area
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Figure 4.2 ZTVs with Landscape Designations and Landscape Character
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Figure 4.3 ZTVs with Visual Receptors
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Figure 4.4 - Indicative Landscape Mitigation Plan
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Figure 5.1a - Sites Designated for Nature Conservation
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Figure 5.1b - Sites Designated for Nature Conservation - Non-Statutory Sites
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Figure 5.2a - UK Habitat Classification
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Figure 5.2b - Sensitive Habitats
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Figure 5.2c - Habitat Target Notes
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Figure 5.3 - Protected Species Survey
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Figure 6.1 - Sites Designated for Nature Conservation
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Figure 6.2 - Breeding Bird Territories - BoCC
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Figure 6.3 - Breeding Bird Territories - Least Concern
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Figure 7.1 - Local Hydrology
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Figure 7.2 - Soils
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Figure 7.3 - Superficial Geology
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Figure 7.4 - Bedrock Geology
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Figure 7.5 - Geological Cross Sections
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Figure 7.6 - Regional Hydrogeology
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Figure 7.7 - Groundwater Vulnerability
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Figure 8.1 - Cultural Heritage Assets within the Inner Study Area
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Figure 8.2 - Cultural Heritage Assets within the Outer Study Area
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Environmental Appraisal – Appendices

Environmental Appraisal – Appendices

Appendix 1.1 - Proposal of Application Notice
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Appendix 1.2 - Aberdeenshire Council Screening Opinion (Substation)
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Appendix 1.3 - Energy Consent Unit Screening Opinion (OHL)
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Appendix 3.1 - Schedule of Mitigation Measures
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Appendix 3.2 - Noise Impact Assessment
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Appendix 3.3 - Construction Noise Assessment
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Appendix 3.4 - Transport Assessment
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Appendix 3.5 - Tree Survey Report
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Appendix 3.6 - Outline CEMP
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Appendix 3.7 - SHE Transmission GEMP and SPP
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Appendix 4.1 - Landscape Assessment Tables
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Appendix 4.2 - Visual Assessment Tables
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Appendix 5.1 - Ecology Fieldwork Survey Methodology
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Appendix 5.2 - Ecology Habitat Target Notes
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Appendix 5.3 - Protected Species Survey Results
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Appendix 7.1 - Flood Risk Assessment (Part 1)
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Appendix 7.1 - Flood Risk Assessment (Part 2)
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Appendix 7.1 - Flood Risk Assessment (Part 3)
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Appendix 7.2 - Drainage Impact Assessment (Part 1)
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Appendix 7.2 - Drainage Impact Assessment (Part 2)
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Appendix 7.2 - Drainage Impact Assessment (Part 3)
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Appendix 8.1 - Cultural Heritage Assets within the Inner Study Area
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Appendix 8.2 - Cultural Heritage Assets within the Outer Study Area
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S37 Application – Plans

S37 Application – Plans

S37 - KINTORE 400kV UPGRADE - OHL ROUTE-TEMPORARY
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S37 - KINTORE 400kV UPGRADE - OHL ROUTE-FINAL
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S37 -KINTORE 400kV UPGRADE - Blackhillock CSE Area at Tower
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