Date set for pre-determination hearing on proposed electricity substation at Rothienorman

A pre-determination hearing will be held at the end of the month to discuss a planning application for a new electricity substation near Rothienorman.

The proposed development by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Plc consists of a platform area, control building, associated plant and infrastructure, ancillary facilities, access track and landscape work at land to the west of Wood of Middleton.

A pre-determination hearing is a formal process allowing those who have already submitted valid representations, as well as the applicant and consultees, to express their views to Councillors before any decision is taken.

These hearings are not public consultation events.

A site visit will take place before the meeting and information is available on Aberdeenshire Council’s website.

Councillors will visit the relevant site prior to the hearing, but will not hear arguments for or against the proposals during the visit.

Although no decision will be made on the application at the hearing, it will be minuted and all points raised will be placed before both the Garioch and Formartine Area Committees when they discuss it.

A report will then go to a meeting of the Full Council detailing local views on the application, where councillors will be asked to decide on it.

If you have made a valid representation on this planning application and wish to address Councillors at the hearing, please contact Kasia Balina on (01467) 539511 or email:

Copies of reports to be presented at the hearing, letters of representation received and pre-determination hearing procedures will be available from the Formartine Area Office one week before the hearing.


The pre-determination hearing will take place on October 31 at 4pm at Greenview Centre (Rothienorman Community Bowling Club), Forgue Rd, Rothienorman, Inverurie AB51 8YH.

Site Visit

The site visit will take place at 3pm on Wednesday, October 31. Details of the site visit will be posted on the Council website prior to the visit.

The pre-determination hearing concerns planning application APP/2018/2175.