‘Considerable work still to be done’ is the joint message from all six local authorities affected by National Grid’s proposals for a high voltage connection between the proposed new nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C, and Avonmouth.
National Grid’s latest consultation has ended on the project, which, if it proceeds, could see pylons between 35 and 50 metre tall along parts of route.
Bristol City, North Somerset, Sedgemoor District, Somerset County, South Gloucestershire and West Somerset Councils together have taken legal and technical advice to assess the implications of National Grid’s proposals on a range of topics such as landscape, ecology, local economy, transport and tourism.
Responding to the consultation, the Councils welcome the progress that has been made and the changes to the proposals following feedback from the communities affected.
They say, however, that there is a substantial amount of information, including mitigation proposals and an understanding of the impacts associated with the new pylon design, the ‘T-pylon’, that is still required.
“The Councils acknowledge the need to deliver the project quickly in response to the urgent need at a national level, but it is essential that National Grid provides all the relevant information so that the Councils and the affected communities can understand the impacts of the development,” they say.