Mid Wales Connection Project

Mid Wales Connection

In March 2011 National Grid first announced their Mid Wales Connection proposals for a 50km 400kV overhead electricity connection on 50m pylons from Cefn Coch in mid Wales to the existing grid at Lower Frankton between Oswestry and Ellesmere.  Thos proposals passed through a number of stages and consultations, and were at an advanced stage, including 8km of undergrounding near Meifod, in 2014.  The proposed route passes through part of our Parish across the river Morda near Maesbrook.  The National Grid website for the project is at http//www2.nationalgrid.com/UK/In-your-area/Projects/Mid-Wales/.  The latest of the Kinnerely Parish Council responses to the proposals can be read here.

National Grid's MWC plans are currently suspended pending the final outcome of the Mid Wales Windfarms Conjoined Public Inquiry, which was held in Welshpool from june 2013 to May 2014.  That involved five windfarms, four of them involved in National grid's MWC.  Its initial result was announced in September 2015 when all four were refused permission.  The two biggest appealed that decision and the resulting re-determination of those two has been promised for just before Christmas 2017.  If it is established that National Grid's connection is not needed, they would not proceed with their plans.

14th January 2014 -   Public meeting in Oswestry about National Grid pylon plans

People affected by proposals that could see powerlines being carried through Shropshire and Powys are being urged to attend a public meeting in Oswestry on Friday 24 January 2014.

The meeting will take place at The Venue, Park Hall, Oswestry, at 6pm and has been organised by the Leader of Shropshire Council, Keith Barrow.

Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for environment and MP for north Shropshire, is due to be at the meeting, and people and interest groups from both sides of the border are invited to attend.

National Grid has announced that electricity cables connecting wind farms in Mid Wales to the electricity network are set to pass through Shropshire, from a new substation at Cefn Coch in Powys to join the existing 400kv network at Lower Frankton.

Under this proposal, powerlines would enter Shropshire just south of Llanymynech Heritage Area and then be routed in a north easterly direction to Lower Frankton.

Councillor Keith Barrow said:

"I'm strongly opposed to any plans that would see pylons springing up across large areas of the Shropshire countryside. The pylons would be over 70 metres high, much larger than the ones we see around the county at present, and would have a negative impact on the landscape, on local communities, and on the county's economy. I urge all like-minded people living in the area to come to this meeting, and help us to demonstrate to National Grid the strength of feeling against these proposals."

"It's really important that we all - councillors and local people - let National Grid know what we think about their proposals, and I urge everyone living in the affected areas to come along to this meeting to find out more and, more importantly, to let us know what they think."

In its official response to National Grid's public consultation in June 2011, Shropshire Council recognised that National Grid is required to connect new windfarms to the network but said that the council would object to any overhead line solution, which it considered to be significantly detrimental to the county's visitor economy.

Once National Grid's planning application is ready, it will be submitted to the National Infrastructure Directorate and Shropshire Council will be invited to submit its formal response to the application, as a statutory consultee.

People can help to shape Shropshire Council's response by attending this meeting, or by sending an email to midwalesconnection@shropshire.gov.uk.



18th September 2013 - National Grid has confirmed its draft route and preferred substation site.  Drop-in style events will be held and the most local to Kinnerley Parish is at Llanymynech Village Hall on the following dates:

Monday 21st October 2pm to 8pm
Tuesday 22nd October 2pm to 8pm
Wednesday 23rd October 9am to 3pm
Thursday 24th October 9am to 3pm
Friday 25th October 9am to 3pm

Further information is available on the letter  sent to the Parish Council and on the Mid Wales Connection website www.midwalesconnection.com



17th April 2013 - Kinnerley Parish Council undertook a survey of Maesbrook residents. The results report was received and noted by the Parish Council at the meeting on 15th April 2013.  The report is available to view here - Mid Wales connection survey

14th August 2012 -   Kinnerley Parish Council held a special meeting in Maesbrook on 13th August 2012 following the announcement from National Grid that the preferred route would pass through part of the Parish.  There were twenty two members of public at the meeting, many who spoke to the Parish Council to express there strong concerns about the impact that any pylons will have on the Shropshire countryside and the Parish.  The Parish Council was asked to decide what the next action should be and following a lengthy discussion the Parish Council has agreed firstly to support/organise a joint public meeting with local Parish Councils and Shropshire Council to meet with Rt Hon Owen Paterson.  As the local MP and a Cabinet Member the Parish Council sees Rt Hon Owen Paterson's  support and help as being an important priority for the Parish to take the issue to the highest level of Government.

The Parish Council has also agreed to assist with communication and coordination between local Parish Councils to support SNAP (Shropshire North Against Pylons).  Please contact Tina Stamps if you are also interested in helping SNAP by emailing Tina - tinastamps@hotmail.co.uk



31st July 2012 - National Grid has today confirmed it has identified Cefn Coch in Powys as the preferred siting area for a new substation and a route corridor from Cefn Coch, via Llansantffraid to Lower Frankton (red north) as the preferred option to provide a connection for new wind farms in Mid Wales.

National Grid has advised that a news release has been issued to the media this morning and a community newsletter is being sent to all households in the project area, which includes a large map of the preferred connection.  

A number of public information events are also being planned in the area over the next two weeks.  Nearest event: 

Tuesday 7 August


Llanymynech Village Hall,

Station Road, Llanymynech SY22 6EE


Further information is available at http://www.midwalesconnection.com



2011 Consultation

Kinnerley Parish Council held a public meeting on 17th May 2011 which was attended by over 200 people. The meeting was chaired by Cllr Arthur Walpole with Ian Kilby, Head of Development Management (Planning) at Shropshire Council. Following all the comments/views expressed at this meeting, the Parish Council was able to agree its responses to the National Grid consultation at a special Parish Council meeting held on 24th May 2011. The Parish Council's responses are available to view below.

Parish Council responce to National Grid

National Grid - Appendix 1

National Grid - Appendix 2

Letter to Infrastructure Planning Commission

Additional information relating to the National Grid consultation is available at: