Plans approved to upgrade North Shropshire Electricity Network in UK

WCN Editorial Team 23 Mar 2020 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

SP Energy Networks, a subsidiary of Scottish Power, has secured approval from the UK government to strengthen the North Shropshire Electricity Network scheme.

Estimated to cost £18m, the project will include the construction of 22km of new 132kV network from Oswestry substation, which is located at the A5/A495 roundabout, to Wem substation, located on Ellesmere Road on the western side of Wem.

The proposed project will comprise three conductors which will be supported by mostly single wood poles.

Through the project, additional capacity to the electricity network for new homes and businesses in North Shropshire will be provided.

The Secretary of State has provided development consent for Reinforcement to North Shropshire Electricity Distribution Network.

In November 2018, the application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration by SP Manweb.

The public, statutory consultees and the interested parties were allowed to provide evidence to the Examining Authority after an examination.

The Planning Inspectorate chief executive Sarah Richards said: “This is the 82nd nationally significant infrastructure project to have been examined and decided within the timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008.

“The Planning Inspectorate is committed to giving local communities the opportunity of being involved in the examination of projects that may affect them.

“Local people, the local authority and other interested parties were able to participate in a 6-month long examination.
“The Examining Authority listened and gave full consideration to local views before making their recommendation.”

SP Energy has also submitted an application for a Development Consent Order ("DCO") for the project in November 2018 to the Major Applications and Plans Directorate at the Planning Inspectorate.

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The project will include the construction of 22km of new 132kV network between Oswestry Grid Substation and Wem Primary Substation. (Credit: Crown copyright.)

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