National Grid is holding a non-statutory public consultation on its proposals to reinforce the electricity network between Bramford, in Suffolk, and Twinstead, in Essex.
As offshore wind generation increases, this project is essential to maintaining the resilience of the UK’s electricity networks and is critical to connect more people across East Anglia, and the UK, to cleaner power. The consultation will open on Thursday 25 March and will run for 6 weeks until Thursday 6 May 2021.
Whilst the Bramford to Twinstead connection was initially proposed in 2009, work was paused in 2013 after the delivery of new generation projects in the region were delayed. Now the connection is again required to meet the increased demand for clean energy, National Grid will engage with local communities to inform the development of the project.
In line with Government restrictions during the pandemic, National Grid’s consultation will include an online interactive website www.nationalgrid.com/bramford-twinstead. National Grid will also be holding a series of webinars and live chats for local people to find out more about the proposals. Details about how to register for those and how to give feedback are on the project website.
Residents who prefer to respond to the consultation via post can receive a printed copy of the feedback form and freepost envelope by calling the telephone information line on 0808 196 1515.
Full details, including how to obtain printed copies of consultation documents, will be provided in a community newsletter to everyone along the route.
There will be a further opportunity to comment on detailed proposals later in the year, before an application is made for planning consent.