Councils' concern over mitigation for National Grid pylons plans (From Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News)
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Councils' concern over mitigation for National Grid pylons plans
4:30pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Burnham
AUTHORITIES in Somerset say there is still ‘considerable work to be done’ by National Grid over its plans to connect Hinkley Point to the network.
A consultation period over plans to build large pylons up to 50 metres tall in the Somerset countryside has now ended.
In a joint statement, six councils – including Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council – have called for more information on mitigation ideas.
The statement says: “The councils acknowledge the need to deliver the project quickly in response to the urgent need at a national level.
“However, it is essential National Grid provides all the relevant information so the councils and affected communities can understand the impact of the development.”
National Grid insists it will carefully consider every comment submitted by the public during the eight-week consultation.
Peter Bryant, senior project manager, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to get involved. “It is very encouraging that so many people have taken part in the consultation events, or have visited one of our information hubs to learn more about our proposals.
“The project team is now looking through every one of the wide variety of comments and suggestions we have received, and is thinking about how these help shape our final plans.
“We are also completing our environmental studies and will make any final adjustments to the plans before we submit the application early next year.”
After National Grid submits its plans, the Planning Inspectorate has 28 days to decide if the consultation has been adequate and whether the proposals should be accepted for formal examination.
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