Consultation launched to underground Scottish distribution power lines

A six-month consultation has launched to identify distribution power lines in National Parks and National Scenic Areas to be undergrounded

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A six-month consultation period had been launched by Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) to identify 48km of its overhead distribution network in National Parks and National Scenic Areas that can be undergrounded.

The project is an opportunity for the public, charities and groups to nominate overhead distribution power lines running across officially designated beauty spots that they would like to see go underground.

To nominate an area people need to complete a form on SHEPD's website. Submissions will require a photograph of the suggested area to show the current impact the overhead line causes.

SHEPD will then work with a variety of planning offices with responsibility for National Parks and National Scenic Areas to help it compare and prioritise the nominated sections. The cost to underground the overhead sections can vary due to the voltage, length of circuit and geography and SHEPD has stated that it will consider these factors when selecting the final areas.