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NATIONAL GRID ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION PLC SECTION 48 OF THE PLANNING ACT 2008 (AS AMENDED) REGULATION 4, THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (APPLICATIONS: PRESCRIBED FORMS AND PROCEDURE) REGULATIONS 2009 NOTICE PUBLICISING A PROPOSED APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER FOR THE BRAMFORD TO TWINSTEAD PROJECT

Notice ID: BAS2288609

Notice effective from
18th January 2022 to 17th February 2022

NATIONAL GRID ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION PLC SECTION 48 OF THE PLANNING ACT 2008 (AS AMENDED) REGULATION 4, THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (APPLICATIONS: PRESCRIBED FORMS AND PROCEDURE) REGULATIONS 2009 NOTICE PUBLICISING A PROPOSED APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER FOR THE BRAMFORD TO TWINSTEAD PROJECT

Notice is hereby given that National Grid Electricity Transmission pic (NGET) of National Grid House, Warwick Technology Park, Gallows Hill, Warwick, CV34 6DA intends to apply to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for a Development Consent Order (DCO) under Section 37 of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended) (the Act) to authorise the construction of the Bramford to Twinstead project.

NGET proposes to reinforce the transmission network between the existing Bramford Substation in Suffolk, and Twinstead Tee in Essex. This would be achieved by the construction and operation of a new 400 kilovolt (kV) electricity transmission line over a distance of approximately 29 km.

The reinforcement would comprise approximately 19 km of overhead line (consisting of approximately 55 new pylons and conductors) and 10 km of underground cable system (consisting of 20 cables with associated joint bays and above ground link pillars).

Four Cable Sealing End Compounds would be required to facilitate the transition between the overhead line and underground cable technology.

It is proposed that approximately 27.5 km of existing overhead line and associated pylons would be removed as part of the proposals (25 km of existing 132 kV overhead line between Burstall Bridge and Twinstead Tee, and 2.5 km of the existing 400 kV overhead line to the south of Twinstead Tee). To facilitate the overhead line removal, a new grid supply point substation is required at Butler's Wood, east of Wickham St Paul, in Essex.

Two options are proposed for the new 400 kV overhead line in the vicinity of Hintlesham Woods. Option 1 would utilise the alignment and pylons of the existing 400 kV overhead line through the woods, whilst the existing 400 kV overhead line would be re-routed to the north and west of Hintlesham Woods. Option 2 would parallel the existing 400 kV overhead line to the south, with pylons located outside of the woodland and the conductors crossing the woods.

Proposed development

The proposed development is comprised of the following principal elements:

a) The construction of approximately 29 km (Option 1) of 400 kV electricity transmission line from Bramford Substation in Suffolk to Twinstead Tee in Essex (approximately 28 km for Option 2), comprising of:



l) Installation of approximately 19 km of 400 kV overhead lines (approximately 18 km in Option 2)

) Installation of approximately 19 km of 400 kV overhead lines (approximately 18 km in Option 2)

ii) Installation of approximately 10 km of 400 kV underground cable, of which approximately 6.3 km would be within the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Stour Valley Project Area



iii) Construction of four Cable Sealing End Compounds along the route (Dedham Vale East, Dedham Vale West, Stour Valley East and Stour Valley West).



iv) Modifications to, and realignment of sections of the existing 400 kV overhead line.



b) Construction and operation of a new 400 kV/132 kV grid supply point substation and single circuit Cable Sealing End Compound at Butler*s Wood east of Wickham St Paul in Essex. The grid supply point substation, alongside accompanying works, including a single circuit cable sealing end compound, replacement pylons and underground cables to tie the substation into the existing 400 kV and 132 kV networks.



c) Removal of approximately 25 km of existing 132 kV overhead line operated by UK Power Networks.



d) Removal of approximately 2.5 km of existing 400kV overhead line.



e) Land for environmental mitigation, compensation and enhancement including Biodiversity Net Gain.



f) Temporary land use to facilitate construction activities including (but not limited to) working areas for construction equipment and machinery, site offices, welfare, storage and access.



g) Temporary infrastructure to facilitate construction activities such as amendments to the highway including bellmouths for site access and construction access tracks/ haul roads, pylons and overhead line diversions, scaffolding to safeguard existing crossings, watercourse crossings and diversions of Public Rights of Way.



h) Diversion of third-party assets and land drainage from the construction and operational footprint.



The proposed application will seek authorisation for the compulsory acquisition of land and interests in and rights over land, overriding easements and other rights, the temporary use of land, and other ancillary powers.

The proposed project is an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) development, as defined by The Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. An Environmental Statement will therefore be submitted as part of the proposed application, which will contain information about the environmental effects of the proposed project.

The documents, plans and maps showing the nature and location of the proposed application, including the preliminary environmental information, will be available to download free of charge from 25 January 2022 until 21 March 2022 on www.

nationalgrid.com/bramfbrd-twinstead



Reference copies will also be available to view free of charge from 25 January 2022 for the duration of the consultation at the following deposit points in the vicinity of the project

Location

Opening hours*_

Hadleigh Library,

29 High St, Hadleigh, Ipswich IP7 5AG

Sible Hedingham Library,

169 Swan Lane, Sible Hedingham,

Halstead, C09 3PX

Sudbury Library,

Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 2EN

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - 9am-5pm Thursday - 9am-6pm ? Saturday - 9.30am-5pm Sunday - 10am-4pm

Monday - 9am to 5pm ? Tuesday - 9am to 7.30pm Wednesday - 9am to 5pm ? Thursday - 9am to 5pm Friday - 9am to 5pm ? Saturday - 9am to 5pm ? Sunday - Closed

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 9am-5pm Tuesday - 9am-7.30pm ? Sunday - 10am-4pm

^Subject to any change in coronavirus restrictions that might impact the opening of these venues.

Printed copies of the documents, plans and maps can also be provided on request by contacting the project team on the details at the bottom of this notice. A reasonable copying charge will apply (up to a maximum of £220 for the full suite of documents). The documents can also be obtained free of charge on digital media by contacting the project team.

How to respond to the consultation

The consultation is running between 25 January 2022 and 23:59 on 21 March 2022. Paper feedback forms have been sent to all properties within one kilometre of the outer limits of the land currently proposed for the project Additional copies are available at deposit points and can be requested by contacting the project team using the details below. Responses to the consultation can be submitted by:

■ completing a feedback form online via the consultation website

www.nationalgrid.com/bramfbrd-twinstead





■ completing a paper feedback form or a free text response and posting to Freepost B TO T REINFORCEMENT



* emailing us a copy of your completed feedback form or free text response to

contact@bramford-twinstead.nationalgrid.com





* scanning a paper copy of the response form or submitting a free text response via email at

contact@bramford-twinstead.nationalgrid.com





National Grid must receive all responses by 2359 on 21 March 2022 to ensure their consideration.

When deciding on the final form of the proposed application for a development consent order for the proposed project, National Grid will take into account any response to this publicity or the consultation that is received before the specified deadline.

National Grid may be required to make copies of representations available to the Secretary of State. However, National Grid will request that personal details are not placed on the public record. Personal details will be held securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and will be used solely in connection with the consultation process and the development of this project and, except as noted above, will not be disclosed to any third parties.

Email:

contact@bramford-twinstead.nadorialgiid.com

Telephone: 0808 196 1515

Website:

www.nationalgrid.com/Bramford-twinstead



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