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On 19 January 2016 the Department of Energy and Climate Change gave our project the go ahead. All documents relating to the decision can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website.   

We welcome this announcement. This connection will play a vital role in providing clean, affordable and secure energy the country can rely on.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the local consultation during the six years of planning this project. Their feedback had a significant influence on our final proposal and we look forward to continuing these relationships with local communities over the coming years. We assure residents that we will carry out the construction work responsibly and safely.

There’s a lot to do before we start building. Over the next few months we will revise the construction programme to make sure the power station is connected to Britain’s homes and businesses efficiently and on time. This means we’re unlikely to start construction during 2016, but we will be carrying out ground investigations and other activity in some areas along the route.

We will now review the decision in detail before speaking with communities about the revised programme in the coming months.