Portishead Branch Line – MetroWest Phase 1

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Portishead Branch Line - MetroWest Phase 1

Received 21 February 2020
From National Grid Electricity Transmission PLC and National Grid Ga


Representation by National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc Application by North Somerset District Council for an Order Granting Development Consent for the Portishead Branch Line - MetroWest Phase 1 Order (“the Project”) National Grid wishes to make a relevant representation to the Project in order to protect its position in relation to rights and interests it enjoys in land within and in close proximity to the proposed Order Limits. National Grid is the owner of the electricity transmission network and a statutory undertaker. National Grid enjoys rights and powers to extend its undertaking by virtue of the National Grid (Hinkley Point C Connection Project) Order 2016 and Correction Order (2017) (the “Order”). Pursuant to those rights and powers, National Grid is embarking upon the construction of a new transmission line in excess of 55 kilometres in length. The new transmission line runs through Somerset. The documentation and plans submitted for the Project have been reviewed in relation to impacts on National Grid’s rights and interests located within this area. National Grid is concerned that the proposals contained with the application will result in serious detriment to its undertaking within the meaning of section 127 of the Planning Act 2008. National Grid will require protective provisions to be included within the DCO to ensure that its interests are adequately protected and to ensure compliance with relevant safety standards. As a responsible statutory undertaker, National Grid’s primary concern is to meet its statutory obligations and ensure that any development does not impact in any adverse way upon those statutory obligations. National Grid reserves the right to make further representations as part of the examination process but in the meantime will seek to negotiate with the promoter with a view to reaching a satisfactory agreed position.