The High Weald AONB, designated in 1983, lies at the heart of South East England and covers 1,461 square kilometres across parts of Kent, Sussex and Surrey. Two of National Grid’s electricity transmission lines run through this AONB.
The independent landscape assessment concluded that one section of line has landscape and visual impacts of very high importance. This section runs from the edge of the AONB at Henley Down up to the ridge north of Crowhurst Park, running through a wooded landscapeenclosed by the Battle Ridge to the north. The line is in the vicinity of Battle Abbey and the designated site of the Battleof Hastings in 1066.
A study looking at the options to mitigate the impact of National Grid's transmission overhead line.
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At the Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting in September 2015,
the section of line near Battle Abbey in the High Weald AONB was not
prioritised as one of the four sections of line in England and Wales to be
taken forward as a potential undergrounding project.
Although four sections have been prioritised and are now
subject to detailed technical feasibility, it is possible that they could still
fall away for a number of reasons.
Should a project fall away then the Stakeholder Advisory Group will
select another project from the shortlist of 12 to take its place.
A significant amount of stakeholder work has been carried
out in this area following the original landscape assessment in November 2014,
including holding a public drop in event and establishing a stakeholder
reference group. The Options Appraisal
Study provides further detail on the progress that has been made on this
project. This report can be downloaded above.
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