This is an important opportunity for you to have your say on our early proposal for Sea Link which will increase the network’s capacity to assist with the new power flows in and out of Kent and Suffolk to meet local and national energy demands.

Our public consultation runs from Monday 24 October until Sunday 18 December.

Have your say on our proposals

Our commitment to you

As we seek to upgrade the electricity transmission network we will work with a wide range of stakeholders and experts. Listening to communities gives us valuable feedback and insight as we consider how to minimise potential impacts on people and the environment.

Your views are important to us and we will carefully consider all feedback. It will help shape our plans as our infrastructure projects develop. Where our plans affect you or your community, we encourage you to let us know your opinions.

The aim of the consultation

The aim of this public consultation is to:

  • Introduce the project to the public and provide an overview
  • Explain why we need to build the reinforcement
  • Set out options that have been considered and how we made the decision on the corridor and graduated swathe being proposed
  • Present our proposed corridors with graduated swathe
  • Present our proposed HVDC converter sites
  • Present our proposed marine route and cable landing locations
  • Give stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on our work to date
  • Outline next steps
What information is available?

We have published the below materials to provide information on our proposal. All published consultation materials can be found in our Document Library.
 

Project background document

Providing an overview of the project and detailing our proposals and how we are consulting

Corridor and preliminary routeing and siting study

Providing more information on the project and the need for the project, the options considered, the routeing and siting options assessed.

Newsletter

Summarising details of the project and public consultation

Feedback form

Providing you the opportunity to give us your comments and feedback, to inform the next version of design where possible

Next steps

The feedback received throughout the first stage of the consultation will help inform how Sea Link is developed further and will influence the next stage in the design of the project.

Over the coming months we will be in discussions with landowners and people with an interest in land that the proposal affects.

We’ll also carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and undertake surveys along the route. We will discuss with local authorities what we need to consider as part of these formal environmental assessments and this will be set out within a scoping document.

The findings of our assessments will be detailed in a Preliminary Environmental Information Report which will be presented at the next stage of consultation.

When the non-statutory consultation closes, we will review all the responses as we continue to develop the designs.

Our next stage of consultation is planned for 2023, when we will present more detailed proposals and the findings from this consultation. At that point, you will be able to see how we have taken feedback into account and provide further comment on the project.

Following further project design, the Sea Link application, including a Consultation Report to show how we have taken feedback into consideration, will be submitted to and examined by the Planning Inspectorate.  The Planning Inspectorate will make a recommendation on the application to the Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Secretary of State makes the final decision on a DCO application.

Who are we consulting?

Our consultation is open to anyone who may have an interest in our proposal.

We are consulting with landowners, residents, communities, local businesses and interest groups, as well as elected representatives and prescribed consultees, such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and Historic England.

During the consultation we will reach out to hard-to-reach groups, including younger people, time-constrained people, and those groups identified in discussions with local authorities.

How are we consulting?

We are consulting via the online website, webinars and in-person events.

Public events will be accessible to as many stakeholders as possible and held at suitable community hubs along the proposed route. In-person events will give people the opportunity to speak to technical experts within the team. If events need to be cancelled for any reason, we will hold an online event at the published time. Online webinars will be organised to enable the project team to present the same information as that at the public events to a large number of interested stakeholders.

The project website will be updated and at least one webinar will be recorded and available for playback (with British Sign Language translation) for those who cannot attend the webinar sessions. Any recurring questions will be added to Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

When are the webinars?

Different webinars have been organised to focus on specific geographical areas and the programme will be widely advertised.

Six project webinars will be held throughout the consultation period at the following dates and times:

 DateTimeLocationRegister
Round oneTuesday 22 November6 - 7pmOur proposals in SuffolkThis event has now taken place
 Wednesday 23 November6 - 7pmOur proposals in KentThis event has now taken place
 Thursday 24 November 6 - 7pmMarine route proposalsThis event has now taken place
Round twoTuesday 29 November6 - 7pmOur proposals in SuffolkSign up here
 Wednesday 30 November6 - 7pmOur proposals in KentSign up here
 Thursday 1 December6 - 7pmMarine route proposalsSign up here

If you have any difficulty registering for our webinars, please email us at [email protected]

When are the in-person exhibitions?

We will hold face-to-face events on six separate days throughout the consultation period. Events will be held at suitable, publicly accessible venues that are within or near to the consultation zone and close to the proposed converter stations.

If for any reason it is necessary to cancel a scheduled event, for example as a result of adverse weather or Government guidance regarding Covid-19, we will publish this on our website and place a notice at the venue if practicable. We will also consider organising additional events if we deem this to be appropriate. All events will be run in compliance with current guidance on Covid safety and all relevant risk assessments will be carried out prior to ensure any necessary mitigation is undertaken.

 

Suffolk 

DateTimeLocation

Thursday 10 November 

1pm –8pm 

Old Generator Station, King’s Field, Old Generator  Station, Aldeburgh IP15, 5HY, Suffolk 

Friday 11 November

1pm - 8pm 

Friston Village Hall, Church, Road, Friston, Saxmundham, IP17 1PU, Suffolk 

Saturday 12 November

10am –5pm 

The Fromus Centre, The Saxmundham Hub, Street Farm Road, Saxmundham, IP17 1AL, Suffolk  

Kent 

DateTimeLocation

Thursday 17 November

9am – 4pm 

Guildhall, Cattle Market, Sandwich CT13 9AH, Kent 

Friday 18 November 

1pm –8pm 

Newington Community Centre, 

Princess Margaret Avenue, Ramsgate, CT12 6HX, Kent 

Saturday 19 November

10am – 5pm 

Cliffsend Village Hall, 55 Foads Ln, Cliffsend, Ramsgate,CT12 5JH, Kent  

Sea Link

Contact us

Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments on the Sea Link development.

Call our Community Helpline: 0808 134 9569 (lines are open Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm)

Email us: [email protected]

Write to us: FREEPOST SEA LINK (no stamp or further address details are required)