Planning application submission
We have now submitted our planning application to Durham County Council for the onshore elements of our project.
The submission of our application comes after speaking and listening to local communities during a public consultation in spring 2021 and public information events in February of this year.
Following our planning application submission, Durham County Council has started its statutory period of consultation on our proposals. You can view our application and share your comments by visiting the Council’s planning portal and inputting our application’s reference number: DM/22/01663/OUT.
Once its consultation is over, the Council will then decide whether to approve our proposed project. We expect this decision to be made in the autumn.
What our planning application covers
We have applied for outline planning permission for the proposed converter station, substation and public open space from Durham County Council.
All underground cabling works on land will be installed under permitted development rights. Under planning regulations, certain works (including underground cabling) have deemed planning permission, which allow those works to be carried out without requiring an application for planning permission.
See the Our proposal page for more detail on the converter station substation, public open space and cable.
Our application has been made under the Town and Country Planning Act.
Planning permission for the offshore cable
We have also submitted a marine licence application to the Marine Management Organisation and Marine Scotland for SEGL1’s 176km submarine cable, the offshore element of the project.
Much like planning permission onshore, this process involves a period of technical appraisal and consultation which will inform the outcome of the application.
The marine licence application can be viewed in the public register using the reference number MLA/2022/00231.