We are required under the Planning Act 2008, to submit a Development Consent Order (DCO) for nationally significant infrastructure projects (which includes overhead power lines 132,000 volts and above).
You can visit the Planning Inspectorate’s website for more details of its role in infrastructure planning.
Applications to the Planning Inspectorate must accord with National Policy Statements (NPSs), drafted by the Government, which cover different areas including transport and energy. Six NPSs have been produced for the energy sector, including the electricity networks and nuclear power, all of which were approved by the House of Commons on 18 July 2011. You can find these energy NPSs on the Department for Energy and Climate Change website.
National Grid applied for consent to build a new electricity connection between Bridgwater and Seabank in Avonmouth on 28 May 2014. Following a six month Examination (19 January - 19 July 2015), the Planning Inspectorate considered our application and issued a report of recommendation to the Secretary of State on 19 October 2015. The Secretary of State has now made a decision and given the project the go-ahead.