SSEN invites Rothienorman community to learn more about plans for new substation

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), operating under licence as Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, is holding a Pre-Application consultation event on Wednesday 11 July, to seek views on plans for a new 275kV substation located approximately two miles west of Rothienorman, adjacent to the Wood of Middleton.

This new substation, which was first granted planning permission in February 2012,  is required to allow the  connection of increased generation to the North East transmission network. Due to changing network requirements and to accommodate overhead line tie-ins with the substation, there have been minor changes to the proposed site layout, and so SSEN has taken the decision to submit a new planning application taking account of these changes. Additional related work will also see the local distribution network made more robust and resilient, and there will also be work carried out on the nearby overhead lines and underground cables.

Commenting on the plans, SSEN Project Manager Elliot Robertson said:

“We are committed to being a good neighbour in the local community, and submitting a new planning application provides a great opportunity for us to engage with both the local people and other interested parties about the project,  and to discuss the changes made to our originally consented plans.

I would encourage anyone with an interest in our plans to come along to our event, meet the team and discuss any questions or concerns they may have.”

The open consultation drop-in event will be held on:

• Wednesday 11 July at Rothienorman Village Hall from 2pm to 7pm

For anyone who is unable to attend, information can be obtained by contacting SSEN Community Liaison Manager Kelly Scott at or on 07342 026270; or by visiting the project webpage:



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We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.7 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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