North West Coast Connections Project
The North West Coast Connections Project (NWCC) project is one of the largest proposed infrastructure investments in the North West of England for 50 years. It's purpose is to provide new 400kV transmission lines to connect the proposed 3.4GW nuclear power station at Moorside, Sellafield to the national grid network. The existing 132kV distribution network managed by Electricity North West (ENW) is not sufficient to connect to the new power station. For more details see the NWCC website.
The NWCC comprises a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) which means it will be decided by the Secretary of State, through a Development Consent Order (DCO) process, rather than by a planning application to local planning authorities. SLDC is a statutory consultee and with other affected planning authorities in Cumbria and north Lancashire, has entered into a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) with National Grid in order to engage effectively at each stage in the project.
SLDC submitted it's response (PDF/1MB/59 pages) to National Grid's recent S.42 consultation, approved by Cabinet on 14 December 2016. It later submitted a Full Technical response (PDF/8.68MB/752 pages) (and Executive summary (PDF/401KB/41 pages)) jointly with the other PPA authorities to the timetable agreed with National Grid.
For the latest information on the timetable for the project please see the NWCC website.