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Q&As


Why does National Grid need to build a new connection?

There is no National Grid high-voltage transmission network in the Richborough area, so we will need to build a new connection to join Nemo Link® to the national grid high-voltage transmission network.

What route will the connection take?

You can find full details of our application to the Planning Inspectorate, including copies of all of our studies, reports, and maps, on the Planning Inspectorate’s website in the coming days:

infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/richborough-connection-project

A map of the route is also available in our latest edition of projectnews

Will you be using pylons to create this connection?

Yes. Your feedback alongside our studies has helped us make a decision on the type of pylon that could be used for the overhead connection. The feedback we received to date doesn’t show a strong preference for a particular type of pylon. Our studies also show that lattice pylons would be the least visual and environmental impact on the local area. We therefore propose standard lattice pylons for the majority of the route with the exception of the Ash Level, where we are proposing to use a lower height lattice pylon. In this section, using a lower height pylon will allow us to reduce impacts on the local area and wildlife.

Will you be putting any part of the connection underground?

We carefully considered whether there were any particularly sensitive locations where it was appropriate to use much more expensive underground cables, but we feel that a carefully designed and routed overhead line using natural screening such as trees and other existing landscape features, would achieve the best balance. This is important because the costs of our connections end up on everyone’s bills.

Will further consultation take place?

Our last public consultation ran from 10 February to 27 March 2015.  This was the last consultation on the project before we submitted our plans to the Planning Inspectorate. We submitted our Development Consent Order (DCO) application to The Planning Inspectorate on 14 January 2016. From Wednesday 17 February, anyone who wanted to make representations during the examination process could register their interest with the Planning Inspectorate. 

When does National Grid need to build this new line?

If our application is approved, construction will start in summer 2017 and the new connection will be up and running by autumn 2018. The existing UK Power Networks line will then be taken down between 2019 and 2021.

How can I contact the Nemo Link® project?

If you have any questions about the Nemo Link® interconnector, please contact the community relations team in one of the following ways:

Call on Freephone 0800 083 3149 between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (an answerphone service is available outside these core hours).

Email nemointerconnector@communitycomms.co.uk

Write to:

Freepost RSLG-YXEU-BJUC,
Nemo Link,
PO BOX 68215,
London,
SW1P 9UJ

How can I get in touch with the project team?

Please find all our contact details below.

Where can I see details of the proposals you have submitted to the Planning Inspectorate?

You can find full details of our application to the Planning Inspectorate, including copies of all of our studies, reports, and maps, on the Planning Inspectorate’s website in the coming days:

infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/richborough-connection-project

A copy of the application form and its accompanying documents, plans and sections is available for inspection free of charge from 17 February 2016 until 1 April 2016, at the following locations and times set out below:

LocationOpening times

Canterbury Library
8 High Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2RA

 

Internet computers and Public Wi-Fi available

Monday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 8.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday Closed

Ramsgate Library
Guildford Lawn, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9AY

 

Internet computers and Public Wi-Fi available

Monday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday Closed

 

Copies of the documents, plans and maps can be provided on request from richboroughconnection@communitycomms.co.uk or by telephone 0800 157 7878.  A reasonable copying charge will apply (up to a maximum of £1,000) for supplying a hard copy of the full suite of application documents.  There is a charge of £10 for supplying an electronic copy on a USB memory stick.  Copies of individual documents are also available on request.  A reasonable charge may be applied.

How can I contact the Planning Inspectorate?

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:

http://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/richborough-connection-project/

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.

How can I get involved in the Planning Inspectorate’s examination process?

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:

http://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/richborough-connection-project/

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.

Those who register will be invited to give their views in writing and may be asked to speak at examination hearings.