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National Grid submits Wylfa Newydd connection plans

Words: Laura Edgar
National Grid plans to tunnel under the Menai Strait / iStock-849249904

The National Grid has lodged an application with the Planning Inspectorate for a second connection for Wylfa Newydd power station.

The proposals are for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for a second line of pylons close to the existing line and a tunnel under the Menai Strait.

According to Gareth Williams, senior project manager at National Grid, said: “The connection will transport low carbon power to homes and businesses across Wales and the rest of the UK. Our application is an important step in unlocking many millions of pounds of local investment and around 9,000 construction jobs that the power station will create.

“We’ve listened to what people have told us and made hundreds of changes – big and small – as we’ve developed our plans. The feedback we’ve received during our consultations, and through our conversations with landowners, has made a real difference to the final design.”

The pylons would serve the proposed Wylfa Newydd power station, plans for which were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in June.

Changes made to plans following consultation include having the route of the line close to the existing line, keeping any effects of the two lines to one area and away from larger towns and villages; Looking closely at how we approach the Menai Strait to avoid towns like Menai Bridge, Llanfairpwll and Y Felinheli; and seeking consent for a tunnel, which aims to protect the Anglesey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Council disappointed

Anglesey County Council has expressed disappointed that the National Grid’s plans include ‘over-grounding’.

Council leader Llinos Medi said: “We as an authority are disappointed that the overhead connection project has been submitted. As the host community and local authority, our priority is to ensure the best possible outcomes for the people and communities of Anglesey and we are very concerned that local views have not been considered following the engagement and consultation process.”

The council wants any new power lines to be underground.

Head of regulation and economic development Dylan Williams added: “Our role as a key consultee will be taken seriously to ensure that National Grid have to deliver a project that works for the Island, its communities, residents and the Menai area of Gwynedd.”

The Planning Inspectorate has 28 days to decide whether to accept the application for examination.

More information about the application can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website.

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