We're committed to developing successful working relationships with landowners and occupiers and we want to work closely with you as we develop our proposals for this essential electricity network reinforcement.
We will keep you updated as the project progresses and we encourage you (or your representatives) to liaise with us if you have any questions.
We need to understand who has a legal interest in the land in and around the areas being considered as part of the proposed reinforcement. We have identified parties who we believe may be affected by the project based on Land Registry Data and we've appointed land referencing firm, TerraQuest, to contact individual landowners to verify the publicly available information. This is to ensure that the information is up-to-date and to confirm the current occupation of the land.
Access for surveys
We must develop our proposals with the right environmental information and over the coming months, we will be carrying out ecological and heritage surveys.
These surveys are critical to help us better understand the local environment and potential effects of our work, and inform decisions on the routing and siting the project. We are keen to progress these to develop more detailed proposals for future consultation, which will help reduce uncertainty for local communities. The findings of these surveys will be included as part of our eventual application submission to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).
We need to obtain permission to access private land within the route corridor to carry out some surveys. Norwich to Tilbury is of national significance. It is a key project to start to tackle this country’s net zero targets, energy security and energy affordability. We hope that we can agree access to land voluntarily. Allowing National Grid access to land does not stop landowners making representations about the project at any time and allowing us access for surveys does not affect any rights to comment in any form.
We want to agree voluntary access and our land agents have made many efforts to agree voluntary access and will continue to do so. Where that cannot be agreed, we will need to use relevant legal powers.
Frequently asked questions
For further information on National Grid’s approach to engaging with landowners and those with an interest in the land, please see our Landowner FAQs below. For further information about Norwich to Tilbury, please visit our FAQs page.