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Electricity Act 1989

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1(1)In formulating any relevant proposals, a licence holder or a person authorised by exemption to generate or supply electricity—

(a)shall have regard to the desirability of preserving natural beauty, of conserving flora, fauna and geological or physiographical features of special interest and of protecting sites, buildings and objects of architectural, historic or archaeological interest; and

(b)shall do what he reasonably can to mitigate any effect which the proposals would have on the natural beauty of the countryside or on any such flora, fauna, features, sites, buildings or objects.

(2)In considering any relevant proposals for which his consent is required under section 36 or 37 of this Act, the Secretary of State shall have regard to—

(a)the desirability of the matters mentioned in paragraph (a) of subparagraph (I) above; and

(b)the extent to which the person by whom the proposals were formulated has complied with his duty under paragraph (b) of that subparagraph.

(3)In this paragraph—

  • “building” includes structure;

  • “relevant proposals” means any proposals—

    (a)

    for the construction or extension of a generating station of a capacity not less than 10 megawatts, or for the operation of such a station in a different manner;

    (b)

    for the installation (whether above or below ground) of an electric line; or

    (c)

    for the execution of any other works for or in connection with the transmission or supply of electricity.

(4)The Secretary of State may by order provide that subparagraph (3) above shall have effect as if for the capacity mentioned in paragraph (a) there were substituted such other capacity as may be specified in the order.

(5)This paragraph and paragraph 2 below extend to England and Wales only.

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