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National Grid pylons consultation enters final phase
OPPONENTS fighting plans to build a massive corridor of pylons across the Somerset Levels will have a last chance to make their case – when National Grid starts a final consultation on its Hinkley Point C Connection scheme.
National Grid has been considering ways of carrying the 400,000-volt lines from the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power station to a substation at Avonmouth.
It has floated the idea of using a smaller type of pylon, but has to date ruled out using underground cables instead, apart from through the Mendips Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
That has infuriated campaigners who want the whole route subsea or underground.
National Grid has this week announced the dates of its final consultation – running from September 3 to October 29 – before it submits its application to build the connection route.
Peter Bryant, National Grid senior project manager, said: “This is likely to be the last opportunity for people to say whether they are happy with our proposals or want to see something changed before the application is submitted early next year.
“We want to hear from people in the local area so their opinions are considered as we finalise our plans.
“The information we have received from the public throughout the project has been a great help in shaping our plans.
“In September people still have the chance to influence important decisions about the project and also give their views on the new T-pylon which is being considered for the first time on a project in the UK.”
National Grid said there would be a series of events giving people the chance to see the proposals in full and share their views, before an application is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.
These will include exhibitions, question and answer sessions, some chaired by local MPs, “information points” and a mobile consultation vehicle, which will visit supermarkets and other venues.
More details will appear in the Mercury next week.
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