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Investment in North Shropshire Electricity Network

SP Energy Networks is planning to invest £18m to support and enable growth across North Shropshire.

Examination of the Application for Development Consent Order

SP Manweb’s application for a Development Consent Order (‘’DCO’’) for the Reinforcement to North Shropshire Electricity Distribution Network is currently being examined by the Planning Inspectorate.

As part of the examination process, the Planning Inspectorate has published details of how the application will be examined. The current programme is set out in the ‘Rule 6’ letter published on 20th February 2019. A copy of this letter and subsequent updates can be found on the Planning Inspectorate’s website for this project:


Previous Update

Application for Development Consent Order

Following the application for the Development Consent Order (DCO) for the Proposed Development being submitted on 12th November 2018 to the Major Applications and Plans Directorate at the Planning Inspectorate, the application was formally accepted on 10th December 2018.

The next stage is for SP Manweb, the applicant in this case, to publish notice of this and to invite comments from interested parties over the next 6 weeks until 1st February 2019. A copy of the notice published in national and local newspapers can be viewed below.


Further Consultation April 2018

As you will be aware, we recently held our statutory stage of consultation from 23rd November 2017 to 2nd February 2018 regarding SP Manweb’s plans to build a new 132,000 Volt electrical circuit from Oswestry to Wem, which will provide. The proposed development will provide much needed additional capacity to the local electricity network in North Shropshire.

We are grateful to everyone who took part in the consultation and the very useful feedback received. Having considered this feedback and also undertaken further constructability assessments, we are now proposing to make a number of changes to the route of the proposed 132,000 Volt overhead line, the underground cable, the access tracks and laydown areas which reflect this feedback and our further assessments.


A new wood pole overhead line is now proposed to reinforce the electricity network. The line will run from Oswestry substation, located at the A5/A495 roundabout, to Wem substation, located on Ellesmere Road on the western side of Wem.

This line will provide capacity to support development on land allocated for new jobs and homes in Oswestry, Whitchurch and Wem. It it will attract future business and housing investment across North Shropshire through to and beyond 2036. The new overhead line will reinforce the existing network by increasing the capacity available.

Statutory Consultation Stage November 2017

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