What has happened?
From October 2009 to March 2014 people have given us information that has proved vital in helping us shape our plans, ensuring we make balanced decision on more than just technical aspects of the project.
Before undertaking public consultation we explored 20 possible options to connect the proposed Hinkley Point C power station to the electricity transmission network. This process is described in our initial Hinkley Point C Connection project Strategic Optioneering Report (2009). The report recommended that a 400,000 volt overhead line between our Bridgwater and Seabank substations would be the most appropriate solution to provide an electricity connection, not only for Hinkley Point C power station, but also for other future generators.
Following this we commissioned The Environment Partnership to undertake an initial, independent environmental overview or Hinkley Point C Connection project Route Corridor Study (2009).The Route Corridor Study (RCS) identified two broad widths of land within which an overhead line could be routed.
Stage 1A Consultation – October 2009 to January 2010
The findings of the RCS formed the basis for an extensive Stage 1 Consultation exercise.
In response to requests for further information we published more detail on the technical issues involved in building subsea and underground cables, together with more background on our proposals. We also reopened the Stage 1 Consultation to allow members of the public to provide us with additional feedback. This extension to the Stage 1 Consultation process is referred to as Stage 1B Consultation.
Documents relating to the Stage 1A Consultation can be found in the Project documents page of the library.
Stage 1B Consultation – May 2010 to July 2010
During Stage 1B Consultation, we held 24 public consultation events between May 2010 and July 2010. People provided further feedback and engaged with our experienced project team members. We had a great response to our Stage 1 Consultation, receiving over 8,000 individual pieces of feedback. Documents relating to the Stage 1B Consultation can be found in the Project documents page of the library.
Since the Stage 1A and 1B Consultations were undertaken we have adopted a new corporate approach to the design and routeing of new electricity transmission lines. To align with this approach the Hinkley Point C Connection project moved directly to Stage 3, as Stage 2 had been undertaken as part of the Stage 1A and Stage 1B Consultations.
Stage 3 began in September 2011, when we announced our preferred route corridor for the proposed connection. In summer 2012 we then asked more about what matters to people and their communities. We also asked for feedback on our proposals for the local electricity network. Documents and details of these consultations and engagements can be found on the Project documents page of the library.
In November 2012 we announced the draft route for our proposed connection. We then asked people for their feedback on the draft route. An overview of the draft route can be found in the November 2012 Project News, and our Draft Route Overview Report provides a non-technical summary.
More details of the consultation and engagement in Stage 3 can be found in our Hinkley Point C Connection project Stage 3 Consultation on Draft Route and Associated Development Feedback Report (2013).
Statutory consultation in line with section 42 and 47 of the Planning Act 2008 was held between 3 September and 29 October 2013. Feedback was gathered at a range of event types, including public exhibitions, Q&As, information hubs and Community Forums. Details of the consultation can be found in the Statement of Community Consultation (August 2013) and Stage 4 Consultation Strategy (August 2013).
As part of the statutory consultation we received feedback proposing a change to the route of the proposed overhead line in the Southwick area. We therefore undertook additional local consultation on the revised route in February and March 2014. More details can be found on the Project documents section of the library.
On the 28 May 2014 we submitted the Development Consent Order application to build a new transmission connection for the proposed Hinkley Point C Power Station.