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  • Visual Impact Provision: North Wessex Downs AONB

    • 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.

      This AONB 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.

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      Title:  North Wessex Downs Options Study
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      A study looking at the options to mitigate the impact of National Grid's transmission overhead line.
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      A study looking at the options to mitigate the impact of National Grid's transmission overhead line.

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  •  Latest Project News  

    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.

    Stakeholder engagement 

    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

  • North Wessex Downs AONB