Outline permission granted for Cockenzie substation

East Lothian Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved outline planning permission for an electricity substation on the former Cockenzie Power Station site.

The Seagreen facility will take power from an offshore windfarm and feed it into the National Grid. Associated underground cabling has also been approved but the undersea cables will be considered separately by Marine Scotland.

Community consultation had already taken place through the Pre Application Notice process. The committee was told that granting permission for the Seagreen proposal would not prevent other development on site, including potential cruise or port activity.

Members also heard that there was already planning permission in principle in place for a substation on part of the site by Inch Cape Offshore, which had been granted by Scottish Ministers.

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