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Electricity experts say pylons will not cut through Wolds to link coastal wind farms

Electricity experts have moved to allay fears that huge pylons may be about to cut a swathe through the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds. The National Grid is in the very early stages of working out how to link wind farms, such as those off the county coast, and other major renewable sources up to Britain's energy network.

Electricity experts have moved to allay fears that huge pylons may be about to cut a swathe through the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds.

The National Grid is in the very early stages of working out how to link wind farms, such as those off the county coast, and other major renewable sources up to Britain's energy network.

And that had led some to question whether any route taken by the 164ft high metal structures could impact on the county's area of outstanding natural beauty.

Steve Catney, environmental planning consultant at Lincoln estate agent JHWalter, said it was inevitable that some tall structures would have to be built in the sensitive landscape.

He said: "Anyone who knows the beautiful rolling landscape of the Lincolnshire Wolds will understand why it was designated an area of outstanding natural beauty.

"And while we appreciate these plans are in their early stages, people need to be thinking about it, and making sure they make their thoughts known."

Stephen Jack, the Wolds countryside manager, said erecting huge pylon towers could undo much of the good work that was already under way to reduce... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Electricity experts have moved to allay fears that huge pylons may be about to cut a swathe through the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds.

The National Grid is in the very early stages of working out how to link wind farms, such as those off the county coast, and other major renewable sources up to Britain's energy network.

And that had led some to question whether any route taken by the 164ft high metal structures could impact on the county's area of outstanding natural beauty.

Steve Catney, environmental planning consultant at Lincoln estate agent JHWalter, said it was inevitable that some tall structures would have to be built in the sensitive landscape.

He said: "Anyone who knows the beautiful rolling landscape of the Lincolnshire Wolds will understand why it was designated an area of outstanding natural beauty.

"And while we appreciate these plans are in their early stages, people need to be thinking about it, and making sure they make their thoughts known."

Stephen Jack, the Wolds countryside manager, said erecting huge pylon towers could undo much of the good work that was already under way to reduce overhead cabling in the area.

He said: "There is a pot of money available to both national parks and AONB for "undergrounding" work - burying cables such as telephone lines.

"We've had successful schemes in Nettleton and Swallow, and there are a number of other schemes we'd like to push forward as that money has just been extended for a few more years.

"But if a new high voltage line did have to come through the county, let alone the Wolds, we would have to work to ensure the right route was picked.

"The company would have to take on guidance from the likes of Natural England and while there is a lot of conjecture at the moment, if plans were put in then we would submit our thoughts to the planning process."

A spokesman for the National Grid, Stepahnie van Rosse, said: "We are investigating what routes we can take to connect the offshore energy to the existing National Grid.

"But this is in its very early stages and no Lincolnshire routes have not been decided.

"Before anything does it will have to go to a public consultation.

"And that can take years - the application's not going to be put in any time soon.

"But what I can say is that we've looked at the Lincolnshire Wolds and that's an area we wouldn't be going through - it's an area of outstanding beauty."

For more information on the issue of pylons in AONB, visit www.cpre. org.uk/campaigns


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JUN 28 2010
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