UK Consultation

NorthConnect are committed to consulting and communicating with stakeholders and the local community regarding the project. The following gives a summary of the consultations that have taken place.

Public & Stakeholder Consultation Plans
NorthConnect have published Public & Stakeholder Consultation Plans for each stage of works to date. This public and stakeholder Consultation Plan seeks to outline the engagement activities that NorthConnect plans to undertake with all its stakeholders, including local communities.

Interim Flier - November 2016
A flier was distributed within the local community in November 2016 to provide information regarding project progress and the surveys that are being planned to inform the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) onshore cable route and subsea surveys. 

Fishermen’s Flier - October 2016
Fishermen within the cable route corridor have been consulted regarding subsea surveys.  The fishermans flier is available here.

HVDC Scoping Responses - May – July 2016

Aberdeenshire Council provided a response including the opinion of the statutory consultees.

Marine Scotland provided a response including the opinion of the statutory consultees.


HVDC Scoping Report - May 2016

A scoping report was submitted to Aberdeenshire Council and Marine Scotland as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, that will underpin the planning and marine licence applicaitons for the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Interconnector cable installation.  The HVDC cables will connect the Interconnector Converter Station on the ‘Fourfields’ site near Boddam, Peterhead to the Converter Station located in Simadalen, Norway.
 

Interim Flier - January 2016
A flier was distributed in January 2016 to provide local residents an update of the project and next steps.

Interim Communication Plan - August 2015
An Interim Communication Plan was developed to cover the periods where there was no Pre Application Communication Consultation (PACC) process in place, and prior to the construction phase. While there is no formal requirement for consultation or communication, NorthConnect wish to keep the dialogue open with the public and stakeholders.
The Interim Communication plan can be viewed here:

Pre-Application Community Consultation Report - April 2015
A PACC report was submitted with the planning application for the Converter Station and High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) cable route. The purpose of the report was to analyse and review the output of the consultation undertaken with the local community.  The PACC report can be viewed here.

Large attendance at Community Information Day - February 2015
A Community Information Day on the UK Interconnector Converter Station and  HVAC cable route was held in Boddam on the 26th of February 2015, 52 people attended.  Questions with regard to what the converter stations will look like, noise levels and ecological impacts were discussed. The information boards displayed can be viewed by downloading them here.

Proposal of Application Notice - November 2014
The Proposal of Application Notice supported by a Public and Stakeholder Consultation Plan was submitted to Aberdeenshire Council and Buchan Community Council on the 28th of November 2014.  The Plan details the consultation planned for the remainder of the project.
Download the November 2014 PAN here.


Public and Stakeholder Consultation Plan - December 2014
NorthConnect published a consultation plan which set out the Public and Stakeholder Engagement approach to the planning application for the construction of the Interconnector Converter Station on the ‘Fourfields’ site and HVAC cables connecting the converter station to the Peterhead substation. The plan can be downloaded here:

Aesthetics Workshop - November 2014
Local residents were invited, by way of the flier and an advert in the Buchan Observer to attend a workshop.  The aesthetic workshop was held on the 4th of November 2014 in the Buchan Braes Hotel.  The aim of the aesthetics workshop was to gain an understanding of the local stakeholders views in terms of:

  • Building Aesthetics
  • Surrounding landscape uses.
  • Surrounding landscape aesthetics.

The questionnaire responses and the output of the workshop have informed the landscaping and building design.

Converter Station Consultation - October 2014
In October 2014 a flier and questionnaire were circulated to residents in the immediate vicinity of the proposed infrastructure and the local villages of Boddam and Longhaven.  Both documents were also made available on the project website. There were 51 responses to the questionnaire.

Converter Station and HVAC Cable Route Scoping Response - August 2014
Aberdeenshire Council provided a response including the opinion of the statutory consultees.
Aberdeenshire Council scoping response

Converter Station and HVAC Cable Route Scoping Report - June 2014
A scoping report was submitted to Aberdeenshire Council as part of the EIA process for the Interconnector Converter Station and HVAC cable route from the converter station to the Peterhead Substation in June 2014.
Converter Station and AC Line Scoping Report