New route alignment published

More northerly route reduces impact on the sensitive wetland areas of the Purlieu and increases opportunities for heathland restoration.

After listening to feedback from local residents, parish councils and technical stakeholders, we have amended the proposed route for the underground cables needed to replace the overhead transmission line running across Hale Purlieu.

The new route addresses concerns raised by local people by moving further to the north. We believe in principle that this is the best available option to protect both the sensitive ecology of the Purlieu and the associated hydrology of its complex wet heathland system. In addition, the proposed route simplifies the ecological restoration process and increases opportunities for further enhancement of the landscape.

 

Please click here to download a full-size version of the latest route alignment.

Working at the edge of the Purlieu will enable us to better keep livestock and construction traffic apart as the route no longer cuts across the middle of the Purlieu. Working with fewer constraints and in an area that is significantly flatter than the previous options may also reduce the two-year construction phase. We realise that this new route does pass closer to more homes but we will work closely with residents and the parish council to ensure that, should the project go ahead, the impact of our work is kept to a minimum.

A map of the revised route was presented to the project’s Stakeholder Reference Group on 19 July with all members favourable towards the further development of this option, subject to relevant surveys and a full Environmental Impact Assessment that would be submitted as part of a planning application. We will now continue to work with local people and stakeholders over the coming weeks to develop this route.

Local people and others who are interested in the project will have the opportunity to give feedback at two public information events at the end of this month:

• 27 July, 2pm – 8pm at Hale Village Hall
• 31 July, 2pm – 8pm at Woodgreen Village Hall