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'Major concerns' over power line

Wind farm
The power line will connect renewable energy to the national grid

Stirling Council has said it has "major concerns" about the impact of the Beauly to Denny power line on the area.

Its executive said plans to reduce the effect on the region would only be ratified by a full council following widespread consultation.

The 137-mile line will see a network of 600 pylons, some more than 200ft in height, connect renewable power projects to the national grid.

The upgrade was approved by the Scottish government in January.

The development attracted more than 18,000 objections.

The Scottish Government placed several conditions on the development, including a "visual mitigation scheme" to reduce of the impact of the line in the Stirling area.

Stirling Council executive has now instructed the chief executive and party group leaders to begin discussions on what form they would like the mitigation scheme to take - and how the community can be involved.

The full proposals will be debated by the next council meeting on 11 March.

Environment Councillor Jim Thomson said: "We have major concerns about the impact this power line will have on our communities and environment so we are arranging for a meeting of interested parties to agree a unified response.

"This will ensure that responses to the Scottish government and developers on the mitigation schemes are fully representative, transparent and robust."

Preliminary work on the line is expected to start this year, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) confirmed earlier this week.

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