Red John Pumped Storage Hydro Scheme


Planning Introduction


ILI (Highlands PSH) Ltd (ILI), are proposing to build a pumped storage hydro scheme (PSH) near Dores, Highlands, that will aid electricity production when there is a surge in demand for electricity, also known as “peak demand”.  The proposed Red John PSH scheme (hereafter referred to as ‘the Development’) will be located approximately 14 kilometres (km) south-west of Inverness within the Dores and Essich Community Council area and borders the Strathnairn Community Council and the Stratherrick and Foyers Community Council areas. 

 As the Development comprises an electricity generating station with a capacity of more than 50MW, it is required to be determined by the Scottish Government in accordance with the provisions of Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, as amended.  The Scottish Ministers will also be requested to give a direction for planning permission to be deemed granted under Section 57(2) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997. 

 It should be noted that the name of the Development is a working title, and will be renamed prior to the determination of the Section 36.


The EIA Report presents a summary of the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). An EIA provides an assessment of the Development’s likely significant environmental effects. The main volumes comprising the EIA Report are available publicly as follows:

  • Volume 1: NTS;
  • Volume 2: EIA Report Main Text - contains the introductory and detailed topic specific environmental assessment Chapters, which are summarised in this NTS;
  • Volume 3: Figures - containing all the figures relating to the EIA Report Chapters;
  • Volume 4: Visualisations – containing photomontages to both The Highland Council (THC) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) standards, projecting how the Development will sit within the surrounding landscape;
  • Volume 5: Appendices - contains supporting Appendices to the EIA Report. The Appendices include detailed technical information such as raw data, survey reports and plans that are cross referenced where relevant within Volume 2 of the EIA Report


A copy of the application, with a plan showing the land to which it relates, together with a copy of the EIA report and other supporting documents discussing the Company’s proposals in more detail and presenting an analysis of the environmental implications, are available for public inspection in person, free of charge at:



Opening Hours


The Highland Council Planning Office

Monday – Friday from 09:00 – 17:00

Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX

The Dores Post Office

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10:00 – 12:00


The Dores Post Office, Dores, Inverness IV2 6TT

Farr Community Hall

Monday – Friday from 09:00 – 17:00

Farr Community Hall, Farr, Inverness IV2 6XA


The EIA report can also be viewed at the Scottish Government Library at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ


How to Make Representations

Any representations regarding the application should be made by completing the online representation form on the Scottish Government, Energy Consents website at:  


Or by email to The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit mailbox at:  


Or by post to:

Energy Consents Unit, Energy Division, Directorate for Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU


Representations should be dated and should clearly state the name (in block capitals) and full return email or postal address of those making representation. All representations to the Scottish Government will be copied in full to the planning authority, and made available to the public on request, unless individuals request otherwise.


How to Get a Copy of the Application Documents

Through the Development Website

Copies of the publicly application documents can also be found on the Development website: and requests for copies of the EIA Report may be submitted through the queries form.


Further Electronic or Hard Copies

Hard copies of the publicly available application can be made available at a fee of £250 per application copy. Electronic copies of the publicly available application can be made available at a fee of £10 per DVD or pen drive. Cheques should be made payable to AECOM Ltd, with your name and address on the back.


A paper copy of the Non-Technical Summary is available free of charge.


To request copies of the publicly available application documents please contact the Red John PSH Project Team at the following details:


Please send any queries via this form.


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