UK Government’s Planning Inspectorate held a preliminary meeting for 2GW Aquind Interconnector
18 August 2020, a preliminary meeting was held to discuss the arrangements
for the examination of an application for development consent for the AQUIND
The meeting primarily focussed on the process only, and did not discuss
the substance of the proposal, including: questions, discussions and benefits
or disadvantages of the proposed link. This will begin the day after the
The council representatives raised significant concerns about the environmental
impacts of the submarine
Turney from Hampshire County Council highlighted issues regarding highways
impacts, flooding, drainage and how the development scheme would be managed.
Ian Maguire, Assistant Director Planning and Economic Development in Portsmouth
City Council recommended that the examination authority should conduct
additional site inspections to consider how works will impact upon traffic
and transport and scope for mitigation of that. He also said that the public
open spaces are of utmost importance to the residents and impacts on them
should be discussed further.
Due to the technical limit of people who can attend the meeting, it was
divided into two parts. The meeting will be resumed on 8 September 2020.
The 242 km long cable
and France will cost ~£1.1 Billion.