Decision details

National Grid's North West Coast Connections Project - Stage 2 Consultation

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval of the County Council’s response to the National Grid
Stage 2 consultation on its North West Coast Connection (NWCC)

The NWCC Project is designed to enhance grid connections in Cumbria, facilitate the development of new low-carbon generation in the region, and to enable the connection of the proposed 3.4GW Moorside nuclear power station. Views and comments received during the consultation will be taken into account by National Grid when it comes to deciding which routes to take forward to the next stage of the development process.


The Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services presented a report which advised that the National Grid had been asked to provide a connection for the development of the new Moorside nuclear power station (Moorside Project) of up to 3.4GW on land adjacent to the existing Sellafield Site (North West Coast Connections Project). The existing Electricity North West Transmission System serving West Cumbria had insufficient capacity, and therefore National Grid needed to reinforce the network to provide the necessary connections


The County Council would not be the determining Planning Authority for the North West Coast Connections Project. The Planning Inspectorate would consider the application for a Development Consent Order, with substantial involvement from the affected Local Authorities, including Cumbria County Council.  The decision on whether to grant consent would be made by the Secretary of State.


In October 2012, following completion of the Stage 1 consultation and appraisal of six possible Strategic Options, National Grid decided that it was taking forward two Strategic Options for further development; Strategic Option 3 – Cumbria Ring Onshore and Strategic Option 4 – Cumbria Ring Offshore South. These options had been developed into a number of Route Corridor options that were  the subject of this latest consultation, which commenced on 4 September 2014 ran for 12 weeks and closed on 28 November 2014. During this time a total of 33 public information events took place at venues across Cumbria and Lancashire.


Within each section of the route, there were some choices to be made regarding the preferred route corridor. National Grid has set out these options in its consultation documents.


Officers from the County Council had produced a formal response to the Stage 2 Consultation. A summary of the response could be found at paragraphs 4.19 to 4.37 within the Cabinet report. The full consultation response was included in Appendix 1. The views of all Local Committees potentially impacted by the NWCC Project had been sought and included within the response. Cabinet was recommended to endorse the final consultation response.


Members were keen that there was early liaison with the parish councils so that any potential local disruption during the construction phase was kept to a minimum and the Corporate Director agreed to amplify this point within appendix 2.


RESOLVED,    that the officers’ response to the consultation on the Route Corridor and Outline Siting Studies for Associated Infrastructure Report, included in Appendix 1 be endorsed.


Report author: David Haughian

Publication date: 02/12/2014

Date of decision: 27/11/2014

Decided at meeting: 27/11/2014 - Cabinet

Effective from: 10/12/2014

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