Norths Planning Inquiry into the Interconnector gets underway today

Northern Ireland’s Planning Inquiry into the North South Interconnector will get underway today.

The inquiry will provide residents and local businesses with the opportunity to present their views on the project to the Planning Appeals Commission, before a decision is made on whether the project can proceed.

In December last year, An Bord Pleanála approved the project in the Republic of Ireland, but approval must be got north of the border before it can proceed.

The inquiry in the north is expected to last up to three weeks, and it is hoped that a planning decision will be announced on the Northern Ireland section of the proposed development later this year.

The planning inquiry will take place in the Armagh City Hotel.

However, Pauric O’Reilly from the North East Pylon Pressure Campaign says now that his group have started legal proceedings, Eirgrid can’t start building even if they get approval for the project in the north.