Compulsory Purchase Order
On 24 March 2022 National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc (“National Grid”) made The National Grid Electricity Transmission (Little Horsted Substation Connection) Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) 2022 to enable it to compulsorily acquire the land and rights necessary to construct and operate a new substation at Little Horsted and to connect it to the National Electricity Transmission System (“the Project”).
The CPO followed a series of negotiations where we tried to meet voluntary agreements to ensure this vital project can be delivered to meet electricity demand.
A copy of the notice confirming the making of the CPO was served on all those with an interest in the land included in the CPO and published in local newspapers.
A copy of the CPO, the maps which show the land included in the CPO, and the Statement of Reasons which explains why the CPO has been made, and the documents referred to in it, are available to view below.
The CPO has been submitted to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Objections were made to the CPO and a public inquiry is due to commence on Tuesday 29 November 2022 at 10am at the Amex Stadium, Village Way, Brighton, BN1 9BL and is anticipated to run for 6 days, excluding weekend days.
Download Notice of Inquiry
At the inquiry an Inspector will hear evidence from National Grid and remaining objectors before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State about whether the CPO should be confirmed. If confirmed, National Grid will have powers available to it to compulsorily acquire the land and rights needed for the Project.
National Grid’s Statement of Case and the Core Documents that will be relied upon at the inquiry are available to view below.
View Core Document list
Further detail on the compulsory purchase process can be found in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Guidance on Compulsory Purchase Process and The Crichel Down Rules (July 2019), which is available to view and download for free online at GOV.UK.
- Booklet No. 1 – Compulsory Purchase Procedure
- Booklet No. 2 – Compensation to Business Owners and Occupiers
- Booklet No. 3 – Compensation to Agricultural Owners and Occupiers
- Booklet No. 4 – Compensation for Residential Owners and Occupiers
If you’d like more information about the CPO, please contact National Grid’s appointed land agent, Fisher German, on 01227 477870 or in writing to: Fisher German, Court Lodge Farm Offices, Godmersham Park, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7DT.