month public inquiry to be held into Hinkley Point pylon plans
for more than 140 pylons connecting Hinkley Point to Avonmouth
have been accepted for examination by the government this week.
Grid has applied to install the overhead line which would carry
electricity from the proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear power
station, near Burnham-On-Sea.
Planning Inspectorate has announced it will hold a six-month inquiry,
during which local people can comment. It will then make a recommendation
to the Secretary of State.
12th July, any members of the public who want to be involved with
the planning 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 Inspectorates
online project page here.
The deadline for registration is 26th August.
the scheme is approved, the new pylons will be built along a route
stretching 34 miles, including close to the villages of Mark,
East Huntspill and Rooksbridge.
Michael Pitt, the Planning Inspectorate's chief executive, said
the application "met the required tests" and the decision
was made after "careful consideration".
applicant must now decide when to publicise the fact that its
application has been accepted to proceed to examination and announce
when members of the public will be able to register with the Planning
Inspectorate as an interested party in the application,"
Grid Senior Project Manager Peter Bryant said: "We are pleased
that the Planning Inspectorate has accepted our application for
examination. It is the culmination of five years extensive consultation
and we believe strikes the right balance between the opinions
of local people and the many factors we have to consider."
connection will carry the power from the new Hinkley Point nuclear
power station and other proposed generation in the South West.
It will play an important role in making sure the country has
the reliable and safe electricity supply we have all come to expect."
campaign groups opposed to the pylons say the entire route should
run underground or sub-sea - but National Grid has previously
claimed that this option would be too expensive.