Planning permission not needed for electricity cable running through the Wirral

An underground electricity cable is set to run through the length of the Wirral after a £1 billion contract was awarded for the construction of the first sub sea electricity link. And as shocking as it is, the cable does not need planning permission because it's going to run underground.

The 261 mile cable will transfer 2,200 megawatts of electricity from Hunterston in Aryshire, Scotland to the Wirral, running through Meols between Leasowe and Hoylake. From there, it will run down the length of the Wirral to Connah’s Quay in North Wales.

Work is set to start as early as next year once the route is finalised. Landowners were sent letters regarding the cable last year, asking for permission to run the cable through their land, a lot of which contains farm animals and horses. Tests were made to the land last year in Meols that I witnessed first hand, where machines took soil samples from deep underground. The cable will be laid in sections, thought to take a few weeks each time.

If the plans get the go ahead, the cable will be the longest undersea connector in the world and could be fully operational as soon as 2016. The scheme is a joint project developed by the National Grid and Scottish Power.

An alternative route of the River Mersey or the River Dee was considered but then ruled out due to the impact on shipping and environmental problems.

Will you be affected by the electricity cable as it runs through the centre of the Wirral? Are you in favour of the project or are you outraged at the thought of so much agricultural land being dug up for a cable.

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd
www.paliltd.com

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