||<p>As my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State will be responsible for determining
the application for consent for the proposed North West Coast Connection Project,
it would not be appropriate for him to meet with Millom Without Parish Council to
discuss the merits of the project.</p><p> </p><p>The application for this project
is expected to be submitted by National Grid to the Planning Inspectorate in 2017.
During the pre-application stage, the Parish Council and other interested parties
can get involved in the consultation process. When the application is lodged, the
Parish Council will be able to make representations on it. The Planning Inspectorate
can provide advice about the planning process for the project and advice about the
process in general is available on its website: <a href="https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/application-process/the-process/"