What has happened?
The first consultation on the Richborough Connection project took place from 25 June to 9 August 2013. During the consultation we outlined the options we considered for developing our existing high-voltage transmission network to connect the Nemo Link®, and the two broad ‘route corridors’ of land through which an electricity connection could be built. Details of this consultation can be found in our Summer 2013 Consultation Feedback Report. Electronic copies of the boards presented at the events can be found here.
In November 2013 we announced that we had decided to develop proposals for a new connection in the North Corridor with sub-option B. We sent a newsletter to the local community, spoke to the press and published an article in some local parish newsletters. We also visited parish councils in the area to discuss the project and our proposals.
In May 2014, we announced our preferred draft route and held six information events in the local community to discuss our proposals and ask for people’s views on the types of pylon which could be used to build the connection. We also held on-going meetings with landowners/occupiers and prescribed consultees and other bodies. Electronic copies of the boards presented at the events can be found here.
In February 2015, we announced our proposed route and held a formal public consultation in which we invited responses from the public. This public consultation ran from 10 February until 27 March 2015. We held six consultation events and four pop-up events where we engaged with the local community and sought their views. To promote awareness of this consultation, we sent out copies of our project newsletter, save the date cards, and project factsheets. We also did media interviews, placed adverts, issued press releases to the local media and posted information via social media.
We submitted our Development Consent Order (DCO) application to The Planning Inspectorate on 14 January 2016. The Planning Inspectorate appointed the Examining Authority, who has examined the application. A series of hearings have taken place as part of this formal six month examination period. The examination period ended on Thursday 8 December 2016. Download our latest newsletter to find out more about the examination process.