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Hinkley Connection Application Moves to the Next Stage

National Grid, UK,  has been told by the Planning Inspectorate that its application to build a new electricity connection between Bridgwater and Seabank, Avonmouth has been accepted for examination. The application will now be assessed and a recommendation made to Government in around 12 months’ time. Ultimately, Government will decide whether the new connection should be built.

From July 12, any members of the public who want to be involved with the planning process can register their interest with the Planning Inspectorate. This can be done by filling in the “Registration and Relevant Representation Form” on the Planning Inspectorate’s dedicated Hinkley Point C Connection project page. The deadline for registration is Aug. 26.

The connection is needed to carry the power from the new Hinkley Point nuclear power station and future electricity generation in the South West. It will play a vital role in helping to keep the lights on. The proposal has been heavily influenced by the public during five years of consultation and engagement.

National Grid Senior Project Manager Peter Bryant said:  “We are pleased that the Planning Inspectorate has accepted our application for examination.  It is the culmination of 5 years extensive consultation and we believe strikes the right balance between the opinions of local people and the many factors we have to consider. This connection will carry the power from the new Hinkley Point nuclear power station and other proposed generation in the South West. It will play an important role in making sure the country has the reliable and safe electricity supply we have all come to expect." 

The final plans include:    

  • A 400-kV connection between Bridgwater, Somerset and Seabank, near Avonmouth, around 56 km (35 mi)
  • 8 km (5 mi) of underground cable through and either side of the Mendip Hills
  • 47 km (30 mi) of overhead line carried on 141 pylons  
  • 109 lower height T-pylons standing at around 35 m high  
  • 32 steel lattice pylons at around 47 m high
  • A revised 3-km route through the Southwick area following suggestions from residents  
  • Two potential route options in the Portbury and Portishead area  
  • The project also includes the removal of:
  •  Over 67 km (42 mi) of existing lower voltage overhead line,  between Bridgwater and Avonmouth, and Nailsea and Portishead
  • 246 existing pylons standing around 25 m high
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