North East Wales

Connah's Quay power converter plant plan rejected again

Dee estuary looking towards Connah's Quay Power Station (Pic by David Dixon)
Image caption Residents called for the power plant to be sited on the side of the Dee estuary opposite to them

Plans to build an electricity converter station near homes on Deeside have been turned down for a second time.

Flintshire councillors rejected advice over National Grid's revised bid to use the old Connah's Quay power station site to convert power brought from Scotland via an undersea cable.

Councillors said they were concerned about the scale of the development and the impact on residential amenity.

There had been calls for it to be sited on the other side of the estuary.

A previous application for the power plant was thrown out by councillors earlier this year.

Councillors meeting on Wednesday went against the advice of their officials in turning down the new proposals.

National Grid says the converter station is needed as part of its £1bn Western Link project to build one of the world's longest under-sea power cables.

The cable would be capable of carrying renewable energy from Scotland to 3.5m homes and businesses in Wales and England via Deeside.

It had new proposals submitted after outline plans were refused by Flintshire councillors in February.

According to National Grid, the building was designed to convert direct current (DC) electricity transported by the link to alternating current (AC), so it could flow through the existing electricity network to reach homes and business.

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