Going underground

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Published Monday 27 June 2016

The latest news from the National Grid states local people invited to help develop plans which could see section of New Forest overhead power line buried.

  • Local people invited to help develop proposals which could see section of overhead electricity line taken down and replaced with underground cable
  • National Grid working closely with the New Forest National Park Authority and others on the project
  • Public information events are due to be held in the village of Hale.

Local residents are being invited to help develop plans which could see a section of overhead line in the New Forest National Park removed and replaced with electric power lines buried underground.

The work is part of National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision project a major initiative to reduce the visual impact of existing high voltage power lines in protected areas across England and Wales.

In November 2014, a section of power lines near the village of Hale were first identified by an independent study as having a major landscape and visual impact.

National Grid has since been working with local organisations including the New Forest National Park Authority, the National Trust, the Verderers of the New Forest, the Forestry Commission and Natural England to investigate burying the cables.

Local people can come and find out how the plans are shaping up and give feedback at two events being held as follows:

Date: Friday 1 July

Time: 4pm – 8pm

Venue: Hale Village Hall, Hatchett Green, Hale, Fordingbridge, SP6 2NE

Date: Saturday 2 July

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Hale Village Hall, Hatchett Green, Hale, Fordingbridge, SP6 2NE

Members of National Grid’s project team will be available to answer questions and discuss the project in more detail.

New Forest National Park Authority Landscape Officer Sarah Kelly said: 'The overhead high voltage electricity line that crosses Hale Purlieu cuts across one of the most beautiful parts of the New Forest National Park. National Grid has been investigating the possibility of undergrounding this line and the events at Hale Village Hall are a great opportunity to find out more about these feasibility studies. We would urge people to take this opportunity to find out more and also give your feedback to National Grid.'

National Grid VIP Project Manager Hector Pearson said: 'We’re considering potential route corridor options where we feel we could bury the power cables, enabling us to take down some existing pylons.

'We are looking at a range of options and listening to the advice from local experts. While undoubtedly there would be some local disturbance and inconvenience while dismantling the pylons and laying the cables, we feel that removing the pylons from this key part of the New Forest would have long term benefits.'

He added: 'We’re keen to share these plans with the local community and to find out what they think about them.'

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Notes to Editors:

About Visual Impact Provision

All electricity transmission owners are funded by a price control mechanism which is agreed with and set by Ofgem, the electricity and gas markets regulator. Ofgem has agreed a set of price controls and incentives for the period from April 2013 to March 2021. The new price controls and incentives include a provision of £500 million to mitigate the visual impact of existing electricity infrastructure in nationally protected landscapes in Great Britain.

For National Grid, which is the electricity transmission owner in England and Wales, this means considering the visual amenity of our existing infrastructure in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

About National Grid

National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world and was named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 by Business in the Community. This accolade acknowledges all of our efforts in getting involve with the things that really matter to us and to society. We own and manage the grids that connect people to the energy they need, from whatever the source. In Britain and the north-eastern states of the US we run systems that deliver gas and electricity to millions of people, businesses and communities.

In Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country. In the North Eastern US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles.

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