National Grid submits application Yorkshire Green Energy Enablement Project

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 18/11/2022 National Grid
National Grid has submitted its application for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate for the Yorkshire Green Energy Enablement Project. The Planning Inspectorate will now consider if the application should be accepted and taken forward to the next stage of the planning process.

The Yorkshire Green Energy Enablement Project is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and will therefore requires the granting of a Development Consent Order. An inspector or panel of inspectors will be appointed as the Examining Authority to review the plans.

Once submitted, it can take up to 18 months before a decision is made. The Examining Authority will issue a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who will make the final decision.

According to National Grid, the reinforcement in this area would enable the connection of two interconnector projects (
Continental Link and Atlantic Superconnection) and one offshore wind connection (Hornsea 4). If they are consented, all projects are expected to be operational by the end of the decade.

The project is located within Yorkshire, with the most northerly components located approximately 10 kilometres north-west of York city centre, and the most southerly components at the existing Monk Fryston substation, located to the east of the A1. The Project would involve both new infrastructure and works to existing transmission infrastructure.

National Grid stated it has been engaging with local stakeholders on the project since 2020, which has included two rounds of public consultation and further localised targeted consultations. Feedback from local stakeholders, communities and wider consultees has helped shape the proposals.

Emer McDonnell, Senior Project Manager for Yorkshire Green Energy Enablement Project, commented: “We would like to thank members of the public and wider stakeholders for their comments during our consultation process and for their ongoing engagement. Their feedback has been valuable in helping us understand key local issues and to refine our plans for this essential network reinforcement.”