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Consultation and next steps

As we upgrade the electricity transmission network and develop proposals to allow more energy to flow on our network, we will work with a wide range of stakeholders and experts. Listening to the views of communities where the network needs to be developed gives us valuable feedback and insight as we look to minimise any impacts.

Have your say

Delivering clean energy whilst ensuring everyone benefits and no-one is left behind is also important to us. We work closely with local communities to make sure we minimise construction impacts as much as we can and support community initiatives in areas where we are working to deliver social, economic or environmental benefits.

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

Our approach to public consultation

Certain types of energy infrastructure fall within the categories of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), which require a Development Consent Order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008. 

For National Grid, NSIPs include new overhead lines and pipelines over a certain voltage and length. Applications for DCOs are submitted to and examined by the Planning Inspectorate and are determined by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), not by a local planning authority. The Yorkshire GREEN project falls into this category. 

However, before we undertake statutory consultation we are holding a first round of consultation to make sure we capture the views of local people before developing the project further. This will help identify potential project impacts, allowing us to consider and respond to feedback, and inform decision making. 

The feedback we receive from this initial stage of consultation, together with information from further environmental and technical work, will inform our project design and shape the development of our proposals. We will then carry out our statutory consultation, where consultees will have a further opportunity to comment on the refined proposals and see how feedback from this initial stage of consultation has been taken into account. 

What we would like your feedback on to help develop the project  

For this initial round of non-statutory consultation, we have developed what we’re describing as a ‘graduated swathe’ for the area identified as the north west of York (See Figures 7 and 8).  

These figures show a broad corridor for the proposed infrastructure for the north West of York, as well as areas for potential overhead line routes, proposed cable sealing end compounds and substation. We would like your feedback on Figures 7 and 8.  

We have also developed what we are calling ‘graduated siting areas’ for the Tadcaster (See Figure 10) and Monk Fryston substation (See Figure 12) areas and we would like your feedback on the siting areas for the proposed cable sealing end compounds and substation.   

To learn more about the preferred options for the proposed infrastructure and how these were defined and selected, please revert to the Corridor and Preliminary Routeing and Siting Study

In our first round of consultation, we want to know where people think the overhead lines, sealing end compounds and substations should be placed within the broad corridors and siting areas we’ve identified, and whether people agree with the graduated areas we have put forward as our preferred options for locating this infrastructure.  

We will focus particularly on how the project may affect local communities and the surrounding environment, and how any adverse impacts may be mitigated. We would like you to consider these factors as part of your feedback

We also want to know about any concerns or questions people might have about our proposals, or any local factors we should consider.  

The feedback received through this first consultation will inform how we develop Yorkshire GREEN, prior to conducting statutory consultation.  

 

Who are we consulting?

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

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

Next steps

The feedback received through the first stage of consultation will inform how the Yorkshire GREEN project is developed further and will influence the next stage in the design of the project. 

In line with Section 49 (2) of the Planning Act 2008, feedback received through consultation must be considered with respect to the project design, prior to submitting a DCO application to the Planning Inspectorate for examination.  

Once further design work has been undertaken following this initial round of feedback, we will carry out statutory consultation on our detailed proposals. People will be able to see how we have taken their views into account, and provide their feedback on the project, which will help us further refine the project design.  We will publish a Statement of Community Consultation setting out how we plan to carry out the statutory consultation nearer the time. 

We will give all stakeholders the opportunity to comment, including those with statutory interests, businesses, local communities, individual residents and affected landowners, as well as those who work or transit through the local area. 

At the end of statutory consultation, we will prepare and publish a Consultation Report. This will summarise the feedback we received and outline how both non-statutory and statutory consultations were undertaken.    

The Yorkshire GREEN Development Consent Order (DCO) application would be examined by a panel of Planning Inspectors who would make a recommendation on the application to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.