Installation of power cables to proposed Donington converter is agreed

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Councillors voiced concerns over the future of Donington’s flora and fauna, but approved the installation of power cables to and from the proposed Viking Link converter station.

Councillors heard that National Grid Viking Link Ltd is planning to build a permanent access road from the A52 to North Ing Drove and to run security fencing along the full length of the 30-hectare site.

Cables would also run from the proposed converter station to the existing sub-station at Bicker Fen.

Similar applications have been submitted to Boston Borough Council, East Lindsey District Council and North Kesteven District Council and all have to be approved before the plan can go ahead.

Speaking on behalf of Viking Link, Liz Wells said the company was committed to being ‘good neighbour’ and that the low carbon energy provided by the proposed station would benefit a million homes.

However, Donington resident Elizabeth Almond also addressed the committee and spoke of her concerns regarding the access road and fencing and the disturbance it would cause to local wildlife.

She said the proposed fence would cut the land in two and restrict movement of animals, forcing them out of the area. She asked that the committee consider removing the fence from the plan and to rethink its design.

Coun Rodney Grocock, county councillor for Donington Rural, said: “In respect of the parish council and people of Donington, they have been dreading this day when it’s about to kick off with the application coming before us.

“Donington is a rural area, it’s not a city or town - it’s somewhere that has a building proposed slap bang in the middle of it which is bigger than Wembley Stadium - it’s unbelievable this is happening.”

Several discussion were made regarding the design and colouring of the proposed converter station - specifics to be decided at a later date.

Coun Harry Drury said assurance was needed about the fence and committee chairman Coun Roger Gambba Jones that the matter would be referred back to the chairman’s panel for further consideration.

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the cable installation proposal.