Status of our project’s planning applications
There are three parts to the full consent of SEGL1: consent of the onshore elements in England; consent of the onshore elements in Scotland; and consent of the offshore elements in English and Scottish waters.
If all our project’s consent applications are approved, we expect to begin construction in autumn 2024 and finish in 2027.
- Consent of the onshore elements in County Durham, England
We were granted outline planning permission by Durham County Council for the English onshore elements of the project in November 2022.
The onshore elements include a new converter station, new substation and two hectares of public open space at Hawthorn Pit (between Murton and South Hetton), County Durham. All underground cabling works on land will be installed under our permitted development rights. You can read more about these onshore elements on Our proposal page.
You can view our approved application and associated documents by visiting the Council’s planning portal and inputting our application’s reference number: DM/22/01663/OUT.
Looking ahead, we will need to submit detailed ‘reserved matters’ applications to provide information such as the detailed design and appearance of the converter station and substation. We expect to submit to these applications to Durham County Council for approval in winter 2023/2024.
- Consent of the onshore elements in the Torness area, Scotland
SEGL1 is being jointly developed with Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN), who are developing the project’s onshore elements in Scotland. A decision on their planning application is expected in spring 2023.
- Consent of the offshore elements
We have submitted marine licence applications to the Marine Management Organisation and Marine Scotland for SEGL1’s 176km submarine cable, the offshore element of the project. The English application can be viewed in the public register using the reference number MLA/2022/00231. Much like planning permission onshore, this process involves a period of technical appraisal and consultation which will inform the outcome of the application. We expect a decision to be made in spring 2023
Compulsory Purchase Order landowner information
For information on our submitted Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), please visit here.