PLANNING ACT 2008 -THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNINGNotice ID:
PLANNING ACT 2008
THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSENT) 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 A REVISED CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME
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. 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.
Following receipt of an application by EDF Energy to modify the terms of the Bilateral Connection Agreement which contains the Project connection date and determines the overall construction programme, National Grid submitted a revised connection offer to EDF Energy on 19 August 2014. In light of these developments, on 1 October 2014 National Grid submitted additional information relating to the potential change to the overall construction programme for the Project to PINS.
On 9 January 2015 National Grid wrote to PINS to advise that EDF Energy had formally accepted the revised connection offer, resulting in a change to the overall construction programme for the Project.
On 29 January 2015, the Examining Authority appointed to examine the Application requested that National Grid advertise the details of the revised construction programme in newspapers, on a non-statutory basis, but in the same manner as under Regulation 17 of the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009 (as amended).
Notice is hereby given that the connection date for the Project has moved from October 2019 to October 2022.
Comments are invited on the additional information as explained below.
The additional information submitted to PINS is in the form of an Environmental Statement Sensitivity Test (Volumes 5.29.1 and 5.29.2). This contains an analysis of the impact of the revised construction programme on the information provided within the submitted Environmental Statement.
Full details of the revised construction programme can be found within the additional information National Grid submitted to PINS on 1 October 2014. This information was published on the National Infrastructure pages of the Planning Portal website here:
Copies of the additional information
A copy of the additional information is available for inspection free of charge, from 10 February until 20 March 2015, at the following locations and times set out below:
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 information can be provided on request from email@example.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 additional information
Should you wish to comment on the additional information relating to the revised construction programme for the Project, any comments should be provided in writing to Freepost H POINT CONNECTION or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any comments must be received by National Grid no later than Friday 20 March 2015.
National Grid requests that comments provided relate to the additional information, 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
10 February 2015