At National Grid we balance the need to build our equipment efficiently with consideration for the environment. To understand this balance we have undertaken an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to consider what the likely effects of a proposed development on the environment would be.
Measures to reduce the impact of our plans
We are committed to minimising, as far as is practical, the effect of the connection on the environment and communities. We will underground the connection in the Mendip Hills AONB, and remove over 67 kilometres of an existing overhead lines. We will also use a new pylon design which, at around 35m, is a third shorter than normal 400,000 volt pylons for the first time anywhere in the UK.
The Environmental Statement
The information gathered as part of the EIA has been presented in an Environmental Statement (ES) that was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate as part of our application. The Government has taken the information provided in the ES into account before making a decision as to whether the proposed development can go ahead.
The Environmental Statement is required under the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009.