Sea Link is a new proposed high voltage undersea electricity link between Suffolk and Kent being developed by National Grid Electricity Transmission.
National Grid has stated that the Sea Link project is required to add greater capacity to the electricity transmission network, allowing anticipated renewable energy, generated offshore, to connect to the network and be transported around the country.
Source - National Grid Electricity Transmission
In December 2021 National Grid commenced preliminary onshore surveys, the data from which will help inform their proposals for the project. National Grid currently propose to hold a public consultation on Sea Link in Q4 2022.
The Secretary of State has exercised powers under section 35 of the Planning Act 2008 to direct that the Sealink project be treated as development for which development consent is required and the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project regime is applicable. The developer will as a result be required to apply for development consent where the final decision whether to give permission will be made by the relevant Secretary of State through the granting of a Development Consent Order.
East Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council wrote jointly to National Grid PLC to seek coordination of the Sea Link project with the other potentially forthcoming projects.
Scoping Report – October to November 2022
Non-statutory consultation – October to December 2022