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National Grid's proposed Hinkley Point C Connection

National Grid's proposed Hinkley Point C Connection

National Grid is proposing a new 400,000 volt overhead transmission line between Bridgwater and Avonmouth. As this is a national infrastructure project, the planning application has been examined by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). The examination started on 19th January 2015 and closed on 19th July 2015.   

The Secretary of State granted permission for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to National Grid to build a new electricity connection scheme from Hinkley Point C to Seabank in Avonmouth on 19th January, 2016.  The Development Consent Order is a lengthy and complex document, similar to the consent for the main power station.

As SDC always thought that the scheme was highly likely to be approved, the Council's tactic was always to get the best possible scheme for the affected parishes and have worked through the six years of consultation and negotiations. The scheme has undoubtedly been improved from what was originally suggested.  The next steps are for the six councils involved Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, South Gloucestershire Council  and West Somerset Council to digest the decision in more detail to identify exactly what we have achieved and where we have not made progress and what is the reason/justification. 

For information relating to Sedgemoor's engagement with the applicant, see the rest of these pages.

History, Links & Information

Background information and links

Grid Constraints in the South West: Options for Connection [596.53KB] Department of Energy and Climate Change National Infrastructure Planning - National Grid National Grid - Hinkley C Connection