Richborough Connection given approval

Richborough Connection Photomontage

National Grid has been given the go-ahead to construct a new 400kV overhead line between Richborough and Canterbury. The connection is needed to join Nemo Link® (an electricity link between Herdersbrug in Bruges and Richborough, near Sandwich in the UK) to National Grid’s high voltage electricity network. Nemo Link® will allow the flow of electricity between the UK and Europe, helping to secure supply of electricity to homes and business for years to come.

TEP has supported National Grid on the Richborough Connection Project since 2013 and is grateful for the opportunity to have been part of the environmental team. TEP has provided expertise in landscape, arboriculture and ornithology; undertaking surveys, assessments and making recommendations, helping to find the optimum route for the 20km overhead line, selecting the most appropriate design of pylon and designing mitigation measures to eliminate or reduce adverse effects.

Inevitably, such a long connection involves the loss of some trees and hedges. National Grid has committed to a significant replanting scheme which has been designed in consultation with local authorities and landowners. The scheme will include the planting of significant numbers of native trees, hedgerows and new woodland.

TEP supported National Grid with the Development Consent Order submission and through the examination period for this Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and is happy to share the news that the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now granted development consent for the application.

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