National Grid begin New Forest undergrounding survey work

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Published Wednesday 8 February 2017

From Friday 10 February for three weeks, National Grid will undertake survey work to inform plans to underground power cables in the New Forest.

The survey work could lead to work to remove a section of overhead line near Hale in the New Forest National Park and replace it with electric power cables 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. 

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In November 2014, a section of power line near the village of Hale was first identified by an independent study as having a major landscape and visual impact.  Since then National Grid has been working with local organisations to investigate whether or not it will be possible to bury the cables in this environmentally sensitive location.  This has included close liaison with organisations including the New Forest National Park Authority, the National Trust, the Verderers of the New Forest, the Forestry Commission, the Commoners and Natural England, as well as parish councils and community groups

More information can be found on the project website newforest.nationalgrid.co.uk, or you can contact the project team by email newforest.visualimpact@nationalgrid.com or FREEPHONE 0330 134 0051.

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