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PLANNING ACT 2008 THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) REGULATIONS 2009 NATIONAL GRID ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION PLC PROPOSED NATIONAL GRID (HINKLEY POINT C CONNECTION PROJECT) DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER APPLICATION REFERENCE NO: EN0

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Notice effective from
26th March 2015, 00:51 to 25th April 2015, 00:51

PLANNING ACT 2008
THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) REGULATIONS 2009
NATIONAL GRID ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION PLC
PROPOSED NATIONAL GRID (HINKLEY POINT C CONNECTION PROJECT) DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER
APPLICATION REFERENCE NO: EN020001
NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT IN RELATION TO MINOR REALIGNMENT OF PROPOSED OVERHEAD LINE AT KINGS WESTON LANE, AVONMOUTH

On 28 May 2014 National Grid Electricity Transmission plc (“National Grid”) of 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5RH applied to the Secretary of State, c/o The Planning Inspectorate (“PINS”), for a development consent order (“DCO”) under the Planning Act 2008 (“the Application”).  The DCO would authorise works to the national electricity transmission system between Hinkley Point in Somerset and Seabank near Avonmouth (“the Project”).  The Project is required to provide sufficient transmission capacity to enable the connection of new electricity generation projects in the region including the consented Hinkley Point C nuclear power station that is being developed by EDF Energy.  The Application was accepted for examination by PINS on 19 June 2014.
The Project is “EIA development” for the purposes of the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009 as amended (“the EIA Regulations”).  This means that the proposed works constitute development for which an Environmental Impact Assessment is required.  Accordingly, the Application was accompanied by an Environmental Statement, containing information about the environmental effects of
the Project.
On 26 February 2015 National Grid wrote to PINS to request that the Examining Authority appointed to examine the Application allow a change to the Application in the form of a minor realignment of the route of the proposed overhead line at Kings Weston Lane, Avonmouth.  The purpose of the change is to avoid conflict between the Project and new Wessex Water operational infrastructure which has been recently constructed at this location.
On 12 March 2015, the Examining Authority made a procedural decision to accept the proposed change and requested that National Grid advertise the change to the Application in newspapers, on a non-statutory basis, but in the same manner as under Regulation 17 of the EIA Regulations.
Notice is hereby given of a minor realignment to the route of the proposed overhead line at Kings Weston Lane, Avonmouth between proposed 400kV lattice pylons LD120 and LD122.  The realignment comprises a 51.6m movement of proposed 400kV lattice pylon LD121 to the south east as well as a 1.8m increase in height.  No new interests in land or new land parcels are affected by the change to the Application.
Comments are invited on the change to the Application as explained below.
Additional environmental information
In connection with the change to the Application, National Grid submitted additional environmental information to PINS in the form of a document entitled Environmental Statement – Wessex Water Realignment (Volume 5.31).
This document reports National Grid’s review of the assessments reported in the submitted Environmental Statement to ensure any potential effects of the realignment have been identified and assessed.  This report confirms that the proposed realignment does not change any of the findings of the submitted Environmental Statement and that the conclusions remain as stated in the submitted Environmental Statement.  This report also describes any predicted effects of the Project on a newly identified receptor at St Anthony’s Park.
In addition, National Grid also submitted, in respect of Section G of the Project, updated Land and Land Affected Plans (Volume 4.2.8B), Works Plans (Volume 4.1.8A), Trees or Hedges to be Removed Plans (Volume 4.7.8A) and an updated Book of Reference (Volume 3.3.7A) and Schedule of Variation (Volume 3.4.7A).
Full details of the change to the Application can be found within the additional environmental information (and updated plans and book of reference described above) National Grid submitted to PINS on 26 February 2015.  This information was published on the National Infrastructure pages of the Planning Portal website here:
http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/south-west/hinkley-point-c-connection/
Copies of the additional environmental information
A copy of the additional environmental information is available for inspection free of charge, from Tuesday 24 March until Friday 1 May 2015, at the following locations and times set out below:
Location
Opening times
North Somerset Council
Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ
Mondays to Fridays: 8:30am to 8pm
Saturdays: 8:30am to 7pm
Sundays: 10am to 7pm
Sedgemoor District Council
Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR
Mondays to Fridays: 8:45am to 5pm
West Somerset Council
West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton, Taunton, TA4 4QA
Mondays to Thursdays: 8:30am to 5pm
Fridays: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Copies of the additional environmental information can be provided on request from hinkleyconnection@nationalgrid.com or by telephone 0800 377 7347.  A reasonable copying charge will apply (up to a maximum of £100 for supplying a hard copy of the Documents, and £10 for supplying an electronic copy on electronic flash card).  Copies of individual documents are also available on request.  A reasonable charge may be applied.
Commenting on the change to the Application
Should you wish to comment on the additional environmental information relating to the change to the Application, any comments should be provided in writing to Freepost H POINT CONNECTION or by email to hinkleyconnection@nationalgrid.com.
Any comments must be received by National Grid no later than Friday 1 May 2015.
National Grid requests that comments provided relate to the change to the Application, indicate who is making the comments, and provide an address to which any correspondence relating to the comments may be sent.
National Grid is required to make copies of all comments received available to PINS.  Please note all comments will be made public.  We will, however, request that personal details are not placed on the public record.  Personal details will be held securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and will be used solely in connection with the examination of the Application.
Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
50 Broadway, London SW1H 0BL
Solicitors and Parliamentary Agents acting on behalf of National Grid Electricity Transmission plc
24 March 2015

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