The North Wessex Downs, designated in 1972, is an ancient
landscape of rolling chalk downlands, forests, woods and dales. Open expansive
views are punctuated in places by clumps of beech woodland crowning the
downland summits and forming prominent landmarks.
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 runs from Pewsey in the
west through to Burbage in the East, following the Vale of Pewsey as it begins
to narrow and the vale floor becomes more undulating.
A study looking at the options to mitigate the impact of National Grid's transmission overhead line.
At the Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting in September 2015,
the section of line near Pewsey in the North Wessex Downs 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. xx
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