In February 2015 we published our proposed route for the connection between Richborough and Canterbury. From 10 February to 27 March 2015 we held a formal consultation with the public and other stakeholders on all of our proposals to date, in line with our obligations under Section 42 and 47 of the Planning Act.
We held six consultation events and four pop-up events where we engaged with the local community and sought their views. To promote awareness of this consultation, we sent out copies of our project newsletter, save the date cards, and project factsheets. We also did media interviews, placed adverts, issued press releases to the local media and posted information via social media.
On 14 January 2016 we submitted our Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate to build a new 400kV overhead line connection between Richborough and Canterbury.
In February 2016, the Planning Inspectorate accepted our application for examination. The application will now be assessed and a recommendation made to government in around 12 months’ time. Ultimately, the government will decide whether the new connection should be built.
If you have questions about our application please contact National Grid’s community relations team (contact details below). Please note that National Grid is unable to take representations.
From Wednesday 17 February, anyone who wants to make representations during the examination 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 Richborough Connection project page:
Further information on this can be found on the Planning Inspectorate’s dedicated Richborough Connection project page: http://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/richborough-connection-project.
The deadline for representations is Friday April 1 2016.
Further details can also be found on our project website: www.richboroughconnection.co.uk.