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THE PROPOSED NATIONAL GRID (HINKLEY POINT C CONNECTION PROJECT) DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER

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25th February 2015, 10:51 to 27th March 2015, 10:51

THE PROPOSED NATIONAL GRID (HINKLEY POINT C CONNECTION PROJECT) DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER
NOTICE OF OPEN FLOOR HEARINGS
Section 93 Planning Act 2008 (As Amended) and Rule 13(6) Infrastructure Planning (Examination Procedure) Rules 2010 (As Amended)
Application Reference:  EN020001

Notice is hereby given that open floor hearings will be held by the Examining Authority (appointed by the Secretary of State) for the examination of the application by National Grid Electricity Transmission plc for a Development Consent Order (“DCO”) for the proposed National Grid (Hinkley Point C Connection Project).  The application was made under sections 14, 16 and 37 of the Planning Act 2008 on 28 May 2014 and accepted for examination by the Secretary of State on 19 June 2014.
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 Project includes the following principal elements—
(a)          construction of a 57km 400kV electricity transmission connection between Bridgwater in Somerset and Seabank, near Avonmouth, comprising:
(i)            installation of a 400kV overhead line; and
(ii)           installation of 400kV underground cables;
(b)          modifications to existing overhead lines at Hinkley Point, Somerset;
(c)           construction of three 400kV Cable Sealing End (“CSE”) compounds along the route of the connection;
(d)          construction of a 400/132kV substation at Sandford, North Somerset;
(e)          extension of the existing 400kV substation at Seabank;
(f)           the removal of existing 132kV overhead lines and the construction of replacement 132kV overhead lines and 132kV underground cables;
(g)          extensions/modifications to existing 132kV substations at Churchill, Portishead, Avonmouth and Seabank;
(h)          associated works, for example, temporary access roads, highway works, temporary construction compounds, scaffolds, work sites and ancillary works;
(i)            provision of landscaping and environmental mitigation works;
(j)           diversion of public utility apparatus;
(k)          interference with rights of navigation;
(l)            the application and/or disapplication of public and local legislation relevant to the Project;
(m)         the compulsory acquisition of land to allow the Project to be carried out; and
(n)          such ancillary, incidental and consequential works and provisions as are necessary for the Project.
Open Floor Hearings will be held on the following dates at the times and venues indicated:
Date
Speaker’s Registration Time
Hearing Start Time
Venue
Tuesday 17 March 2015 (Morning Session)
10.00am-10.30am
10.30am (To end no later than 1.30pm)
The Winter Gardens
Royal Parade, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset BS23 1AJ
Tuesday 17 March 2015 (Evening Session)
6.30pm-7.00pm
7.00pm (To end no later than 10.00pm)
Mark Village Hall
Vole Road, Mark, Somerset TA9 4NY
Wednesday 18 March 2015 (Afternoon Session)
1.30pm-2.00pm
2.00pm (To end no later than 4.30pm)
Nailsea Methodist Church
74-76 Silver Street, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 2DS
Wednesday 18 March 2015 (Evening Session)
6.30pm-7.00pm
7.00pm (To end no later than 10.00pm)
Nailsea Methodist Church
74-76 Silver Street, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 2DS
Please note that the end times for the hearing sessions are indicative only.  Should a hearing take less time than anticipated, the Examining Authority may conclude the hearing as soon as all relevant oral contributions from those present have been made.
Further information relating to the administrative arrangements for persons wishing to attend the hearings can be found on the project website: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/south-west/hinkley-point-c-connection.  An agenda for the hearings will also be published on the project website at least 5 working days before the hearings.  Depending on the numbers wishing to speak, it may be necessary to limit the time allocated to each speaker.
Further open floor hearings may be held and issue specific and compulsory acquisition hearings will be held and these will be advertised by one or more further notices.
In accordance with Rule 13(3) of the Infrastructure Planning (Examination Procedure) Rules 2010, as amended, the Planning Inspectorate will also notify interested parties and affected persons of the date, time and place fixed for each hearing.
Copies of the application documents, including the DCO, can be viewed on the Planning Inspectorate National Infrastructure, Hinkley Point C Connection project page of the Planning Portal website at:
http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/south-west/hinkley-point-c-connection/
Copies of the application documents can also be inspected free of charge at the following designated public access electronic deposit locations – copies may be made but there will be a charge for this.  All designated electronic deposit locations provide 1 to 2 hours of free internet access per day during library opening hours, depending on availability.  Internet access can be booked in advance by contacting your chosen library.
Library
Opening Hours
Avonmouth
257 Avonmouth Road, Bristol BS11 9EN
Tel: 0117 903 8580
Email: avonmouth.library@bristol.gov.uk
Monday: 2pm–5pm
Wednesday: 10am–1pm
Friday: 2pm–6pm
Saturday: 9.30am–12.30pm
Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday: Closed
Bristol Central
College Green, Bristol BS1 5TL
Tel: 0117 903 7250
Email: lending.library@bristol.gov.uk
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 9.30am–7.30pm
Wednesday: 10am–5pm
Friday & Saturday: 9.30am–5pm
Sunday: 1pm–5pm
Henbury
Crow Lane, Henbury, Bristol BS10 7DR
Tel: 0117 903 8522
Email: henbury.library@bristol.gov.uk
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday: 9.30am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Friday: 9.30am-1pm & 2pm-7pm
Wednesday & Sunday: Closed
Filton
Shield Retail Park, Link Road, Filton BS34 7BR
Tel: 01454 868006
Email: filton.library@southglos.gov.uk
Monday & Thursday: 9.30am-7pm
Tuesday, Friday & Saturday: 9.30am-5pm
Wednesday & Sunday: Closed
Nailsea
Somerset Square, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 1RQ
Tel: 01934 426 030
Email: nailsea.library@n-somerset.gov.uk
Monday & Sunday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am-7pm
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday: 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4pm
Portishead
Unit 1 & 2, 24 Harbour Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7AL
Tel: 01934 426 040
Email: portishead.library@n-somerset.gov.uk
Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9.30am-5pm
Thursday: 10am-7pm
Saturday: 9.30am-4pm
Sunday: 10.30am-2.30pm
Weston-super-Mare
Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ
Tel: 01934 426 010
Email: weston.library@n-somerset.gov.uk
Monday to Friday: 8.30am-8pm (9am-6pm)
Saturday: 8.30am-7pm (9am-4pm)
Sunday: 10am-7pm (11am-4pm)
NB: Staffed hours are shown in brackets
Yatton
48 High Street, Yatton BS49 4HJ
Tel: 01934 426 100
Email: yatton.library@n-somerset.gov.uk
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 9am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-5pm
Friday: 9am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-5pm
Saturday: 9.30am-12.30pm
Wednesday & Sunday: Closed
Bridgwater
Binford Place, Bridgwater TA6 3LF
Tel: 0845 345 9177
Email: BRWLIB@somerset.gov.uk
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9am-5.30pm
Wednesday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9.30am-4pm
Sunday Closed
Burnham-on-Sea
Princess Street, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1EA
Tel: 0845 345 9177
Email: BHMLIB@somerset.gov.uk
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 9.30am-5pm
Wednesday & Saturday: 9.30am-1pm
Friday 9.30am-6pm
Sunday Closed
Cheddar
Union Street, Cheddar BS27 3NB
Tel: 0845 345 9177
Email: CHELIB@somerset.gov.uk
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9.30am-1pm & 2-5.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am-1pm
Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday: Closed
Williton
Killick Way, Williton TA4 4QA
Tel: 0845 345 9177
Email: WILLIB@somerset.gov.uk
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 10am-1pm & 2-5.30pm
Friday: 9.30am-6pm
Saturday: 9.30am-12.30pm
Tuesday & Sunday: Closed
Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
50 Broadway, London SW1H 0BL
Solicitors and Parliamentary Agents acting on behalf of National Grid Electricity Transmission plc
17 February 2015

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