Electricity substation

The funding will enable an upgrade to the electricity supply, in the form of a new electricity substation, to ensure that there is enough capacity for the proposed development.

Work has been undertaken to inform the most appropriate location for the new substation, including a consultation on location options. The options within the consultation can be viewed in the substation consultation leaflet. For information on the responses received, please see the public consultation report. Following this, Matford Home Farm was identified as the most appropriate site and design work was undertaken. A detailed appraisal of the site options for the substation and information on the preferred scheme can be viewed in the Options Appraisal Report. This site has direct access onto the A379, facilitating construction and any future maintenance. It is also at limited risk of flooding. Whilst some concerns with this site were identified, it is considered that these can be addressed through the implementation of suitable mitigation including landscaping and noise buffers.

A planning application has now been submitted for this site. The application has been submitted jointly with and informed by National Grid (previously Western Power Distribution). The application can be viewed on the County Planning website https://planning.devon.gov.uk/PlanDisp.aspx?AppNo=DCC/4329/2022. To view the layout of the site, please view the Substation Layout Plan.

The substation is proposed to be located on the western portion of the identified site to provide separation from the existing overhead cables, which must stay in place until the substation is built. The expectation is for the overhead cables to be relocated underground at a later date after the delivery of the substation.