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Substation Land Sale

In late 2018, Galbraith was approached by east Lothian Council to provide it with initial specialist land valuation advice relating to its recent acquisition of the former Cockenzie power station and landholdings around the power station.   

Cockenzie was a coal-fired generating station which operated between 1967 and 2013 and was a landmark on the Forth estuary with its twin chimneys. These chimneys were demolished as part of the decommissioning of the power station.  

The council acquired the land from Scottish Power Generation in 2017 and undertook a master planning exercise for the total landholdings of 200 acres or so between the communities of Prestonpans and Cockenzie. As a strategic site the council has identified a number of economic and wider development opportunities in supporting the local, regional and wider economies.

Galbraith, having wide experience in offshore windfarm development, was able to provide valuation and negotiation advice following the approach by Red Rock Power to acquire a small part of the land to house the landfall for the offshore cables from the Inch Cape Offshore Windfarm and to accommodate its onshore substation, which needed to connect into the national grid at the Cockenzie substation. 

We await further evolution and development in and around the wider landholdings, which are of strategic importance to east Lothian having very good road connections, port potential and its own railway link on to the national railway network.