North London (Electricity Line) Reinforcement

What happens next

A decision on the application for a development consent order for North London (Electricity Line) Reinforcement was taken on 16 April 2014 and has now been issued.

The period for legal challenge is defined in s118 of the Planning Act 2008. Further information about legal challenge can be found in the letter sent to all interested parties accompanying the statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at enquiries@infrastructure.gsi.gov.uk or telephone the helpdesk on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (31 items)

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Decision made by the Secretary of State
16 April 2014
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The Examining Authority’s recommendation report has been sent to the Secretary of State for Department of Energy and Climate Change.

A decision will be made on or before 23 April 2014.

23 January 2014
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
23 January 2014
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The examination has now closed. There will now be a period of 3 months for the Examining Authority to consider and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. Please see the letter sent to Interested Parties.

National Grid’s response received for the deadline of 21 October 2013 of the Examining authority’s revised examination timetable has been published.

Correspondence from Energetics Networked Energy received on 21 October 2013 has been published.

24 October 2013
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Examination ends

23 October 2013
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The Examining authority has issued a further timetable variation and request for further information and written comments from the applicant.

The Examining authority has accepted a submission from Lee Valley Regional Park Authority which was received on 16 October 2013, outside of deadline IX.

18 October 2013
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Comments received for the deadline of 14 October 2013 of the Examining authority’s revised examination timetable have been published.

15 October 2013
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Responses submitted for Deadline VIII (27 September 2013) of the Examining authority’s revised examination timetable have been published

30 September 2013
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The Examining authority has issued a timetable variation and request for further information and written comments.

Comments submitted for the deadline of 3 September 2013 on the Examining Authority’s revised draft DCO and RIES have been published.

09 September 2013
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Comments submitted for the deadline of 3 September 2013 on the Examining Authority’s revised draft DCO and RIES have been published.

05 September 2013
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The Examining authority has issued a Letter which includes links to the revised Draft DCO and RIES for comment.

Microsoft Word versions of the revised Draft DCO are available upon request via the following: NorthLondonElectricLine@infrastructure.gsi.gov.uk or 0303 444 5000.’

09 August 2013
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The following have been published:
Documents submitted by Interested Parties for Deadline VI (26 July 2013)
Documents submitted by the applicant National Grid for Deadline VI (26 July 2013), including their latest draft Development Consent Order

29 July 2013
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The following have been published:
Documents submitted by interested parties during the hearings between 8 to 10 July 2013.
National Grid’s draft Development Consent Order submitted for the Issue Specific Hearing.

17 July 2013
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The following documents have been published:
Notification of hearings
Submission from Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Letters from the Examining Authority in regard to the s127 application sent to Transport for London, Environment Agency and Thames Water Utilities Ltd (other s127 document published on the project documents page, use the s127 filter button)
See the examination timetable for a list of deadlines.

28 June 2013
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Comments submitted for Deadline IV (20 June 2013) of the Examination Timetable have been published. These can be viewed under the ‘Comments’ sub-folder within the ‘Representations’ tab.

The Examining authority will not be undertaking an Accompanied Site Visit. Notes on the Examining Authority’s Unaccompanied Site Visits can be found here:

Inspection 1 Inspection 2

 National Grid (the applicant) has recently submitted a Statement of Common Ground with Enfield Council after Deadline II (23 May 2013).

The Examination timetable
21 June 2013
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A notification of hearings taking place during July was issued on 11 June 2013.
NOTE: The Examining authority will not be holding an Open-Floor hearing as no requests to be heard at such a hearing had been received.
Letter regarding the Applicant’s changes to the application, issued on 30 May 2013
Examining authority Letter to National Grid regarding application changes, issued on 30 May 2013
Note of the Preliminary Meeting held on 24 April 2013, published on 8 May 2013
Rule 8 letter including timetable, issued on 30 April 2013

11 June 2013
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The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

30 April 2013
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
24 April 2013
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A letter has been issued by the Examining authority notifying certain persons of an opportunity to submit ‘statements of representations’

24 January 2013
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A letter has been issued by the Examining authority regarding postponement of the Preliminary Meeting.

04 January 2013
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The notification of Preliminary Meeting (rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes the draft timetable for examination of the application and statement of principal issues.

14 December 2012
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Relevant representations published on the website
20 November 2012
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Registration of interested parties closes
12 November 2012
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Registration of interested parties begins
03 October 2012
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The application has been accepted for examination

27 September 2012
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
27 September 2012
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  • Application expected from applicant
  • Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
30 August 2012