On 12 January 2023, National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc (“National Grid”) made The National Grid Electricity Transmission plc (Scotland to England Green Link 1) Compulsory Purchase Order 2023 (“CPO”) to enable it to compulsorily acquire the land and rights necessary to construct and operate the English onshore elements of the Scotland to England Green Link - SEGL1 (“the Project”). These onshore elements comprise of underground cables, a convertor station, substation and other associated development.
The CPO followed a series of negotiations where National Grid tried to meet voluntary agreements to ensure that the 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 was published in a local newspaper.
A copy of the CPO, the maps that 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 and download below.
The CPO has been submitted to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. A number of objections were made to the CPO and a public inquiry is due to commence on 26 September at 10am at the Glebe Centre, Durham Place, Murton, Seaham SR7 9BX. It is anticipated to run for 5 days, excluding weekend days.
At the inquiry an Inspector will hear evidence from National Grid and any 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.
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.
If you’d like more information about the CPO, please contact National Grid’s appointed land agentDerek Tyson on 01845 522095 or by email at [email protected].