Pewsey pylons identified by national programme to reduce visual impact of overhead lines
A section of overhead line in the North Wessex Downs AONB near Pewsey has been identified as having a significant landscape and visual impact in a study commissioned by National Grid.
A fund of £500m is available to reduce the visual impact of lines in nationally protected landscapes.
The shortlisted sections will now be subjected to further assessment.
A range of engineering measures could be implemented including the replacement of overhead lines with underground cables, the re-routeing of existing lines through to the screening of substations or overhead lines from public viewpoints.
Andrew Lord the Planning Advisor for the North Wessex Downs AONB said,
“We are delighted that the special qualities of the Pewsey Vale have been recognised in this study . This is a very scenic area with wide views across the area right over to the Salisbury Plain and characterised by small villages nestled in the vale, the chalk grassland with unique species in the Pewsey Downs Nature Reserve and opportunities to increase tourism along the Kennet and Avon Canal. The flat low lying landscape of the area has meant the pylons are particularly intrusive and visible from the surrounding downland and the highest point in Wiltshire. We are looking forward to the next step of the project and are hopeful that it will result in good news for the Pewsey Vale.”