PBA helps secure DCO for NSIP in North Wales

PBA helps secure DCO for NSIP in North Wales

PBA has helped secure a Development Consent Order (DCO) for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) in North Wales.

The North Wales Wind Farm Connector Project will connect new wind farms in North Wales to the electricity distribution network through construction of a 132kV overhead line between St Asaph and the Clocaenog Forest in Denbighshire.

Potential effects on the tourism economy were a major concern raised by objectors in the run up to the hearing. Our project team prepared a pre-environmental impact report, a socio-economic ES Chapter and responded to six rounds of written questions to inform the hearing process.

Following the hearing, the Panel concluded it was "in agreement with the Applicant's assessment of effects on socio-economic and tourism receptors", validated our approach and acknowledged the "proposed development would not lead to significant adverse effect on the overall tourism economy of the area."

PBA has prepared a similar evidence base for the proposed East Anglia THREE Offshore Windfarm, a £2.5 billion, 1,200 MW NSIP project. Socio-economics and perceived skills and labour market deficiencies will be key factors at the hearing in autumn 2016.

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