North West Coast Connections Project - N Grid
See attached letter
I note you acknowledge that National Grid has paused its work on the North West Coast Connection project and as the project has not yet been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (the Inspectorate), we have no formal powers to intervene on consultees behalf. However the Applicant has a statutory duty to take consultation responses into account and, if the application is submitted to us, part of our compliance checks are to ensure the consultation has been conducted properly.
With regard to your concern about the timeframe for the Applicant’s response to nopylons’ alternative proposal for an offshore route from Selker Bay to Walney, this is something the Applicant may respond to in their Consultation Report, which would be submitted to the Inspectorate as part of the application documentation. The Applicant has stated in their Scoping Report that a description of the alternatives considered, and an explanation of the decisions taken, will be provided within the Environmental Statement, which will also be submitted as part of the application documentation. The Examining Authority can also request the Applicant’s view on nopylons’ proposal during the Examination, if they consider it relevant to their examination of the application.
A copy of your correspondence has been placed on our records and will be presented to the Inspector at Acceptance, together with the application documents and local authorities’ comments on the Applicant’s consultation.
After the decision has been made regarding whether to accept the application for Examination all documents used to inform the decision will be published on our website.
If the application for development consent is formally accepted you will be able to submit your views in relation to the project which will be considered by the Examining Authority during the Examination.
The Inspectorate has published a series of advice notes which explain the Examination process, including information on how to get involved; of particular interest are advice notes 8.1 to 8.5. These are available at: attachment 1
We also recently published a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding Pre-application consultation and this can be viewed on our website here: attachment 2.