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National Grid has launched the latest consultation on its Richborough Connection proposals today, revealing detailed plans which include having network lines further away from Monkton and Minster than the current ones

The consultation will run from now until March 27 and is likely to be the last chance people will have to give their view on plans to join Nemo Link® (an electricity link between Belgium and the UK) to the electricity transmission network before National Grid applies for planning consent in the autumn.

A new electricity connection between Richborough and Canterbury is planned, involving building a new overhead line. The proposals recommend using a combination of standard and low height lattice pylons in a bid to reduce visual and environmental impact.

The proposed route has not significantly changed since the draft route was announced last May but it will run further away from homes in Minster and Monkton and properties in Hersden, Upstreet, Sarre and Gore Street. The revised plans also propose to use low height lattice pylons in the Ash Levels, to minimise the impact on the local area and wildlife.

National Grid project manager Steve Self said: “In developing this route we continued our studies on the ground and listened to feedback from the local community. We’ve also considered a wide range of factors including the environment, impact on local people and businesses, technical elements and cost.

“We believe the sensitively designed route and carefully selected pylon types we propose achieve the right balance between the effect of a new overhead line on the local area and the cost on everyone’s energy bills.

“Your feedback, on our proposals including route, pylon type and pylon locations, is really important to us and will help us shape our thinking before we apply for planning consent. However, this is likely to be your last chance to influence our proposals before we submit our application in the autumn, so please come and tell us what you think.”

People can share their views and find out more about the plans at Monkton Village Hall on February 17 between 2pm-9pm.

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