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Electricity

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has issued guidance on the application of the Holford rules for overhead electricity connection and transmission schemes; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Government consider that the Holford rules are an important part of the framework for routeing new overhead electricity lines and taking mitigating actions. As such the rules are directly quoted in the revised draft National Policy Statement for Electricity Networks Infrastructure (EN-5). Inclusion in EN-5 means that, for planning applications, the Infrastructure Planning Commission must take them into account. The Government are currently finalising the energy National Policy Statements.

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