We worked with local authorities from across Cumbria and Lancashire, as well as environmental, business and community organisations, to explore how we can connect Moorside. This work helped us identify a number of broad connection options, known as 'strategic options'. These were the subject of a consultation in 2012.
The response to this consultation revealed that there was general support for building a connection which had as little impact on the landscape as possible. However, the potential environmental impact of a connection routed offshore was equally recognised.
Feedback to the consultation also directed us to consider the possibility of routeing a new connection along those paths taken by ENW's existing 132kV pylon lines. This approach would enable us to remove and replace the lower voltage lines with our 400kV equipment. It might also present the potential to remove lines in the wider area.
The findings from our own analysis, together with the consultation feedback, informed our decision to look more closely at developing a solution that involves building a complete connection for Moorside comprising two parts:
The northern connection will join our existing national electricity network at Harker near Carlisle. For the southern connection it can connect into our existing network somewhere near Heysham in Lancashire or, if it was routed offshore through the Irish Sea, at Stanah in Lancashire.
When we announced this decision in October 2012 we published: The Strategic Options Report (open pdf) for the North West Region explaining how and why we chose to take two options forward, and why we decided not to progress the other four.
The Stage 1 Consultation Feedback Report (open pdf) explaining how we used the feedback received from the consultation to help us make our decision. To read all of the responses to our 2012 consultation login to the consultation.
In Autumn 2014, we held a 12 week consultation on our proposals for NWCC. Thank you to everyone who got involved, came along to events, and provided us with feedback.
This feedback, together with the findings from our environmental and technical studies, helped us choose the route corridor we have brought forward to the current stage of our development process.
All the comments submitted to our 2014 consultation are available to view on this website. To read the responses you need to login to the consultation.