Kwarteng refuses consent for controversial interconnector

Business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has refused planning consent for a controversial electricity interconnector between the UK and France. The decision follows stiff local resistance to the Aquind project, which would see a 2GW high voltage direct current cable come ashore at Eastney beach in Portsmouth before running through the city and out to a substation in Lovedean on the edge of the South Downs National Park.

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