Press release

North London (Electricity Line) Reinforcement Project given consent

The North London (Electricity Line) Reinforcement project has been given development consent by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.


The project consists of upgrading one of two existing 275kV overhead lines running between Waltham Cross and Tottenham substations (via Brimsdown substation) and its operation at a higher voltage (400kV). The upgrading will involve works at each substation along the route, plus associated works.

The decision announced today follows an examination process by the Planning Inspectorate which was completed within the statutory timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011).

The application was submitted by National Grid for consideration on 30 August 2012 and accepted for examination on 27 September 2012.

Following the examination, where 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 23 January 2014.

The Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Sir Michael Pitt, said: “A major priority for us over the course of the examination was to ensure that communities who might be affected by this proposal had the opportunity to put forward their views. As always, the Examining Authority gave careful consideration to these before reaching a conclusion.

“The examination of the application was completed within the timescales prescribed in the Planning Act and a recommendation made to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Today’s decision supports that recommendation.”

Documentation, including the decision, the recommendation made to the Secretary of State and the evidence considered by the Examining Authority in reaching its decision, is publicly available on the National Infrastructure Planning website.


Notes to editors:

  1. Journalists requiring further information should contact the Planning Inspectorate Press Office, on: 0303 444 5004 or 0303 444 5005 or email:

  2. From April 2012, the relevant Secretary of State became the decision maker on all national infrastructure applications for development consent. At the end of the examination of an application, which will still be completed within a maximum of six months, the Planning Inspectorate will have three months to make a recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State who will then have a further three months to reach their decision. The National Infrastructure Process

  3. 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

Published 16 April 2014