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At National Grid, our job is to connect people to the energy they use, whether to heat and light homes, or to keep factories and offices running. As old power stations close we need to join new sources of energy to our network, so that electricity continues to be available to us all at the flick of a switch.

One of these new sources of energy is a proposed high-voltage electricity link between Belgium and Richborough near Sandwich in Kent, known as the Nemo Link®. There is no high-voltage National Grid electricity network in the Richborough area, so we will need to build a new connection to join Richborough to our existing network approximately 20km away, near Canterbury.  This new project is called the ‘Richborough Connection’.

This website sets out:

Latest news:

National Grid has applied for consent to build a new high-voltage overhead line connection between Richborough and Canterbury.

We submitted our Development Consent Order (DCO) application to The Planning Inspectorate on 14 January 2016.

From Wednesday 17 February to Friday 1 April 2016, anyone who wanted to make representations during the examination process were able to register their interest with the Planning Inspectorate on the Planning Inspectorate’s dedicated Richborough Connection project page. The Planning Inspectorate will shortly publish the representations it has received.

The next step is for the Planning Inspectorate to appoint the Examining Authority, who will examine the application. The Examining Authority will carry out an assessment of the application and representations received. They will then set a date for a Preliminary Meeting, which is a public meeting to discuss the agenda for the examination process.

Interested parties will be sent details of how to take further part in the examination.

Further information can be found on the Planning Inspectorate’s dedicated Richborough Connection project page:

If you have questions about our application please contact our community relations team on 0800 157 7878 (lines open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday). Please note that we are unable to take representations.