Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has welcomed the news that Scottish Power Energy Network (SPEN) have taken a pause in the development plans for the Dumfries & Galloway Strategic Reinforcement Project.
Elaine has highlighted the main reason for the review is to investigate what effects the changes to onshore windfarm subsidies will have on the rate of windfarm developments in the region, and overall justification for the 400kv overhead line.
Over 1600 submissions were made during the consultation period which have now all been scrutinised by SPEN.
“This is looking like good news for our region but by no means a victory yet. It shows that the efforts of local campaigners who have been highlighting the potentially devastating implications of the plans are beginning to give SPEN pause for thought. While these efforts shouldn’t go unnoticed, it’s ironic that the main reason for the review is the fact that the pace of the Scottish Government’s relentless efforts to cover our region in windfarms may well be slowing down. That puts the whole justifications for SPENs proposals into serious doubts.
“It’s essential for us to keep the pressure on SPEN to rethink this scheme, and to ensure that local views prevail. Regardless of the final plans presented by SPEN however, it will ultimately be down to the Scottish Government to make the final decision on the project and so the buck stops there.”