The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has given development consent to the North Wales Wind Farms Connection.
The application was made to the Planning Inspectorate for review in March last year and accepted for examination the following month. After a six month examination period in which the public, statutory consultees and interested parties were provided the chance to give evidence to the Examining Authority, a recommendation was made to the former Secretary of State for Energy, Amber Rudd, on 28 April 2016.
The project will see the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of a 17.4 km 132kv electric line between RWE’s Clocaenog Forest and a point south of the unnamed Groesffordd Marli to Glascoed Road and the B5381 (Glascoed Road) near St Asaph, Denbighshire.
RWE’s Clocaenog Forest Project Manager Martin Cole said: “Clocaenog Forest will make an important impact on helping to tackle climate change.
“The project could also support an injection of up to £40m into Wales’ supply chain during the construction alone and could bring up to £19m in community investment funds over the lifetime of the project.”
The Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Sarah Richards said: “The decision announced today supports the recommendation made by the Planning Inspectorate. It is the 56th application for a nationally significant infrastructure project and the 35th energy project to be examined and decided.”
“The Planning Inspectorate has the responsibility to examine Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) within timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008. This provides developers and investors with the confidence to build and improve the infrastructure this country needs to secure future economic growth.”
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