Friday, October 27, 2017
Developing our proposals at the right time to unlock Horizon's investment
By Gareth Williams, Senior Project Manager
For the past few months, we’ve been busy working towards finalising our proposals to connect Wylfa Newydd with a new second overhead line and a tunnel under the Menai Strait.
As part of this work we’ve been reviewing consultation feedback, carrying out more studies and talking with landowners along the proposed route. This has helped us to find ways to further reduce the effects of our proposals and work towards getting our application ready to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.
As you may know, we’ve always planned to apply for consent for the proposed connection after Horizon have submitted their application for the nuclear power station. This will make sure the Planning Inspectorate can look at why our connection is needed as well as how it could be built.
Horizon have now said they won’t be submitting their application to the Planning Inspectorate until next year, so we’ve decided to move our application back too.
This doesn’t mean the project is being put on hold; it’s important that our timings align with Horizon so we’re able to connect Wylfa Newydd at the right time. We’re working closely with Horizon to make sure our applications are coordinated. This means our proposals will be up to date and accurate when we do submit our application.
We’re also confident that, if granted consent, the connection would still be ready for when Horizon want it and will help to unlock the billions of pounds of investment and jobs that the new power station will bring.
After we submit our application, there will be further chances to have your say on our proposals as part of the planning process when you’ll be able to give feedback directly to the Planning Inspectorate. If you’d like to know more, there’s lots of information on their website, including a useful video on how the process works and how you can get involved.
We’ll update everyone again when we know more but you’re very welcome to get in touch with our team if you have any questions in the meantime.