St Asaph substation backed by committee

Published date: 22 November 2013 |
Published by: Kirstie Dolphin
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PLANS for a substation and six miles of underground cables has been given the green light.

Denbighshire County Council’s planning committee granted permission for the installation and operation of an electrical substation near Glascoed Road and St Asaph Business Park. The plans also include over six miles of underground electricity cables between St Asaph and Ffrith Beach in Prestatyn.

The application, by DONG Energy Extension (UK) Ltd, is to allow them to connect the Burbo Bank offshore windfarm in Liverpool Bay to the National Grid, which is under examination by the planning inspectorate.

The committee put a condition on the permission, that the cables must be located in the furthest west corridor away from St Asaph resident, Linda Griffith’s house.

The cables must also be wrapped in extra protective material to reduce the Electro Magnet Field (EMF).

At the meeting, St Asaph county councillor, Bill Cowie who has been fighting against the location of the cables, said: “We must ensure the cable is wrapped correctly and is in the correct position, because when the soil goes back in who knows what can happen. In this case we are ignoring the health problems this can cause.”

In October DONG Energy were asked to look at relocating the cables further west away from Mrs Griffith’s house but they said “a relocation of the cable route is not justified on planning grounds, as there is no health risk, and that relocating the cable would significantly impact other members of the community”.

St Asaph councillor Dewi Owens, who asked the committee to turn down the application, said: “It is very unfortunate to have such an arrogant company, we have asked for a slight movement of the cable.”

Cllr Cowie added: “I spoke to DONG Energy a month ago and said I was not impressed with them. If we turned the plans down they would have appealed and the inspectorate is behind all these type of plans and would have granted it, which would cost the council.”

The original plans placed the cables “over 16 metres” from Mrs Griffiths house but the condition will move it to over 20 metres.

DONG Energy spokesman said: ”Burbo Bank Extension offshore windfarm is set to provide electricity to over 170,000 UK homes and is part of the Government's strategy to produce more clean, green energy from the UK. We recognise the strength in supporting local communities and intend to offer a community benefits fund to communities located near the Project, which includes Denbighshire."

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