The project will carry the power between Bridgwater, Somerset and Seabank, near Avonmouth from all the new generation planned for the South West including the nuclear power station due to be built at Hinkley Point.
The application was submitted for consideration on 28 May 2014 and accepted for examination on 19 June 2014. Following a six month examination during which the public, statutory consultees and interested parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority, a recommendation was made to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 19 October 2015.
The Planning Inspectorate’s Director for Major Applications and Plans, Mark Southgate said:
“The decision announced today supports the recommendation made by the Planning Inspectorate and is the 48th application for a nationally significant infrastructure project to be examined.”
“The Planning Inspectorate is committed to giving local communities the opportunity of being involved in the examination of projects that may affect them. Local people, the local authority and other interested parties were able to participate in the 6 month long examination. The Examining Authority listened to local views and recommended changes to the project to reduce visual impact, including design.”
The decision follows an examination process completed within the statutory timescales laid down in The Planning Act 2008 and is the 30th energy project examined by the Planning Inspectorate to gain development consent.
The decision, the recommendation made by the Examining Authority to the Secretary of State and the evidence considered by the Examining Authority in reaching its recommendation is publicly available on the National Infrastructure Planning website
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Notes to editors:
The Planning Inspectorate, National Infrastructure Programme of Projects details the proposals which are anticipated to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate as applications in the coming months. It can be viewed at http://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/