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14/12/2018

Planning Inspectorate invites views on DCO for Shropshire powerline

Words: Huw Morris

The Planning Inspectorate has opened up the registration for interested parties to take part in the examination of a development consent order (DCO) application for an electricity line in Shropshire.

SP Manweb, part of SP Energy Networks, submitted the proposal to reinforce North Shropshire’s electricity distribution network. The proposal involves a 132,000V electrical overhead line stretching 21 kilometres between Oswestry and Wem as well as 1km of underground cable.

The £18 million scheme aims to provide capacity to support development on land allocated for new jobs and homes in Oswestry, Whitchurch and Wem. It also will attract future business and housing investment across North Shropshire through to and beyond 2036.

The Planning Inspectorate now has three months to prepare for the examination.

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