ASH provided landscape and environmental support and advice for the Shin Substation extension

In order to connect the consented Rosehall Wind Farm to the National Grid, an extension was required to the existing Shin Substation near Inveran, in the Highlands. In addition to this an underground cable approximately 11km in length, was required to connect Shin substation with the Wind Farm on-site substation.

In 2010, ASH was appointed by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc (SHE Transmission) to provide landscape and environmental  support and advice for the Shin Development.

Key Tasks

EIA coordination and project management

Landscape and visual impact assessment

Landscape mitigation

Stakeholder consultation

Public consultation


What we did

Consent for construction of the substation extension was sought by way of an application to The Highland Council under the Town  and Country Planning (Scotland) act 1997. The development was considered to be a Local Development as it was under 2 hectares in size. The associated cable works were considered to be Permitted Development under The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992.

ASH carried out an Options Appraisal for the cable route and the substation extension, and brought in a subconsultant ecologist and a subconsultant archaeologist to carry out specialist surveys for both the cable route and the substation site.

ASH prepared illustrative material and attended a public exhibition for the substation extension.

ASH also prepared an Environmental Appraisal for the substation extension which included landscape mitigation earthworks and planting proposals to minimise adverse impacts on surrounding properties. ASH prepared and submitted the planning application accompanied by the Environmental Appraisal, in July 2011.

The scheme was consented and has subsequently been built. ASH was retained by SHE Transmission to undertake further dialogue with local residents during the construction of the scheme and to ensure environmental compliance.

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