Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New planning application submitted by National Grid

National Grid has submitted new plans for an electricity converter station on a new site in Deeside Industrial Park, north of the River Dee. 

The company has submitted a planning application to build the converter station on the site, which is currently owned by Flintshire County Council.  National Grid has listened to local people and worked with Flintshire County Council to find a suitable site and to resolve the technical problems of a site north of the river.

The converter station is needed as part of the Western Link, a project to build one of the world’s longest undersea power cables to help bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in Wales and England.

The station is being developed as part of a joint venture between National Grid and Scottish Power Transmission and will convert the direct current (DC) electricity transported by the link to alternating current (AC), so it can flow through the existing electricity network to reach our kettles, cookers and light bulbs.

National Grid submitted a planning application to Flintshire County Council in July 2012 to build the new converter station on land at the former coal-fired power station site south of the River Dee at Connah’s Quay.  Planning permission was refused in October 2012 and the company submitted an appeal against the refusal to the Welsh Government. 

Project Director Graham Edwards said: “We believe our original site provides the best technical solution, and we worked hard to address the concerns raised initially about potential noise and visual impact.  Nevertheless, we know from what local people have told us that they would still prefer the converter station to be built north of the river, if possible."

We’re continuing discussions with Flintshire County Council about the new site and, if planning permission is granted, we will consider withdrawing our appeal against the refusal for the site south of the river. This is however, dependent on a number of factors such as securing a land deal with Flintshire County Council.

Western Link has a dedicated Community Relations Team who can be contacted by calling 0800 021 7878 or by emailing

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