Located within the county of Hampshire, on the south-central
coast of England, this former royal hunting ground and immediate surrounding
area was given National Park status in March 2005.
The New Forest is crossed by two of National Grid’s
transmission lines. The independent landscape assessment concluded that one
section of line has landscape and visual impacts of very high importance. This
section starts in an area of woodland at Stricklands Plantation, at the top of
the Avon Valley, and heads east into an area of open access land, rising onto
higher ground and crossing an open heathland ridge at Hale Purlieu before
crossing the B3080 and descending.
A study looking at the options to mitigate the impact of National Grid's transmission overhead line.
The New Forest Scoping report setting out the approach to the scheme - May 2016
At the Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting in September 2015,
the section of line near the village of Hale in New Forest National Park was
prioritised as one of the four sections of line in England and Wales to be
taken forward as a potential undergrounding project. This section of line is
now subject to detailed technical feasibility including ground engineering, environmental
studies and archaeological surveys.
Over the next 12 months we will be continuing to work
closely with New Forest National Park Authority as well as the local
authorities, landowners and statutory consultees. There will also be further
significant engagement with local stakeholders and communities.
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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