Planning Permission in Principle has been granted this week for the Inch Cape onshore substation and cables at Cockenzie.
Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) submitted an application to East Lothian Council in June 2014 for Planning Permission in Principle for the onshore transmission works associated with the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm. The application submitted was for the construction and operation of an electrical substation, with associated underground cables and access provision. A full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was undertaken for the development and an Environmental Statement reporting the conclusions of the EIA was submitted as part of the application.
The proposed onshore site was identified following an assessment of a variety of potential landfall and substation locations in East Lothian. ICOL undertook an extensive pre-application consultation involving community councils, stakeholder organisations and the local community. Almost 400 people attended public events held locally in spring 2014 with over 20 separate consultee meetings. Feedback from the consultation process had a direct effect in shaping the final application with significant modifications being incorporated into the application; including changes to the footprint, the building configuration and the introduction of enhanced landscape and visual screening measures. These changes have been recognised and welcomed by statutory consultees.
Inch Cape Project Director, Stephen Kerr commented, ‘We are pleased to have been granted permission in principle for the application. This is a major milestone for the project. We will continue to engage with the local community and further meetings are proposed with community groups in the coming weeks.’