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Pylons and Local Plan under spotlight at Dalwhinnie event

17th October 2005

There is an opportunity next week to view both the consultative draft of the Cairngorms Local Plan and Scottish and Southern Energy’s (SSE) application for a 400kV powerline from Beauly to Denny.

The informal event at the Dalwhinnie Public Hall on Wednesday 26 October has been organised by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) as part of its consultation on the development of a new Local Plan for the Cairngorms.

At the scheduled Local Plan drop-in meeting, the CNPA is also taking the opportunity to exhibit SSE’s application for the proposed new pylon line, which if approved by the Scottish Executive, will cut through the National Park.

Norman Brockie of the CNPA’s Planning and Development Control team explained: “It is vitally important that we hear views from both within and out with the Park on the proposed pylons development, which will inform our consultation response to the Scottish Executive. Using an already scheduled Local Plan event is a great way of gathering information from residents and community groups.

“All the information we have on the pylons will be on display and we would encourage as many people as possible to come along and give us their thoughts – but just as important – they should take the time to study the consultative draft Local Plan, including maps and policies, and let us know their views on how the National Park should develop over the next 5 years.”

The consultative draft of the Local Plan and the powerline information will be available to view from between 6pm – 8pm next Wednesday at the Dalwhinnie Public Hall. CNPA staff will be there to answer questions and note views and opinions.

SSE’s application can also be viewed at the following locations: Laggan Stores; The Inn at Loch Ericht at Dalwhinnie; the Newtonmore Craft Centre and Highland Council’s service points at Kingussie and Aviemore.