A blog about planning, planning law and planning policy


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Development plans and electricity transmission lines

There is an interesting decision about this reported today. Samuel Smith Old Brewery challenged a decision of the Secretary of State for Energy to give consent for new power lines at Ferrybridge. The procedure for this was under the Electricity Act 1989. If the Secretary of State gives permission for lines under that Act , […]


There are various articles and letters in the press at the moment about the desirability and expense of undergrounding national grid power lines, the 440KV cables carried by pylons which we usually say stride across the countryside (or perhaps “march” when we are particularly upset by them). We have grown used to the existing lines, […]