National Grid – North West Coast Connections Project

3rd January 2017

Landowners and occupiers who may be affected by the North West Coast Connections Project have until 5 pm on Friday 6th January 2017 to raise their concerns, before the statutory consultation period ends.

The project, which is being delivered by National Grid, will see 23.4km (14.5 miles) of new line undergrounded, where it passes through the western section of the Lake District National Park, placing cables in a tunnel measuring around 11km (13 miles) under Morecambe Bay, the removal of many of the existing pylons owned by Electricity North West (ENW) and replacing them with fewer, taller pylons operating at greater voltage, as well as, replacing the low voltage line in the area around the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site with underground cables.

“This is a major scheme which may result in a detrimental impact on landowners and occupiers both during construction and thereafter,” says Tracey Jackson, Chartered Surveyor at H&H Land and Property.  “It really is vital that landowners and farmers consider the implications of the North West Coast Connections Project.  For example do you know:

  • Its effect on your day to day farming practices and systems.
  • The overall long-term effect on your land and property.
  • The location of pylons and cables – where are they going to be and how might they affect you?
  • The practical implications such as stock management whilst work is being carried out.
  • Where temporary and permanent site access will be required.

“With the deadline fast approaching, it is vital that all those who may be affected urgently seek professional advice.  Once the deadline has passed it could be extremely difficult to raise concerns.

“If you are going to be affected, it is also important to make sure there is a work plan in place indicating how the work will be undertaken to ensure minimum disturbance.

It is anticipated that National Grid is likely to make an application for a Development Consent Order in the spring / summer of 2017 and once this is submitted it is difficult to seek further amendment to their proposals.  H&H Land and Property are representing a number of clients on the scheme and have experienced surveyors who can assist in making the necessary representations.

If you require any further information or advice in relation to this scheme, please contact Tracey on 01228 406260