Beauly-Denny transmission line

Published: 12th December 2005

Read about the campaign against the Beauly-Denny transmission line.

The Beauly-Denny transmission line is the largest industrial development of the Highlands since the hydro-electric schemes of the mid c20th.

The Scottish Government approved the line in the face of more than 20,000 objections and now a 220 km scar has been left across Highland Scotland’s landscape.

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600 giant pylons, each between 50 and 65 metres tall, have desecrated some of our most exceptional scenery, from the Correyairick pass through the Monadhliadh, Loch Kinardochy, and the Cairngorms National Park.

As the UK’s leading wild land conservation charity, the John Muir Trust led the national campaign against this line for five years, from the initial planning stages through to the largest Public Local Inquiry held since devolution.

The Trust called at Public Local Inquiry for alternative ways of exploiting Scotland’s renewable resources to be examined. We considered the line was an outmoded 20th century solution to a 21st century problem, that would not be tolerated elsewhere in National Parks.  Although critical economic and technical evidence was brought forward by expert witnesses, much of it was ruled inadmissible.  This means the Inquiry Report conclusions, on whether the line is justified, were fatally flawed. 

Approval of the line highlighted the lack of protection for Scotland’s most precious resource, our natural landscape.

More recent work in relation to Beauly-Denny includes submitting an objection to an application to retain one of the access tracks near the Corrieyairick, following assurances given at the Public Inquiry that tracks would be fully reinstated once the line was completed. Other proposals to retain tracks have also come forward.

Controversial Beauly to Denny power line fully operational (BBC Scotland report December 2015)

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