PLANS to bring a £500m electrical interconnector to a former navy airfield have taken a step forward after the project was awarded a marine licence.
National Grid’s IFA2 project, which was partially approved by Fareham Borough Council in January, continues to move forward after a government organisation backed the plans.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has granted consent for the interconnector’s cables to connect between France to the expected 22m-high converter station to the north of Daedalus airfield and out to the National Grid’s existing compound at Chilling.
The borough council also granted full planning for the subsea cables.
The next step for National Grid is to submit further plans on how the cables will travel along the airfield and a full planning application for the converter station.
The borough council, which owns Daedalus, will act as the landlord for the development.
I can confirm that we are still in discussions with the council regarding the applicationsNational Grid spokeswoman
Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of the council said that the local authority’s executive will look at the lease agreement next month.
He said: ‘The executive will take a look at the proposed lease agreement at a meeting in April.
‘As far as the progress with the planning applications, we are expecting them around May.’
A National Grid spokeswoman said: ‘I can confirm that we are still in discussions with the council regarding the applications.’
The energy operator is keen to resolve all planning matters this year in order for work to start on the site next year. The project has attracted strong criticism from campaigners who say that the airfield is not a suitable site.