Underground cable ruled out on grounds of cost

Development consent has been granted for a 132-kilovolt power line across Carmathenshire to link a wind farm to the electricity distribution network.

The line would run for around 25 kilometres above ground and 3.5 kilometres below ground. The secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy accepted the national need for the development of new electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure and went on to consider adverse impacts and two options for the line.

The route option he mitigated the scheme’s impact on a special landscape area and a registered landscape of outstanding historic interest by increasing the length of underground cable. He considered whether the whole line should be run underground, but found the degree of landscape and visual impact insufficiently severe to justify an option that would cost three times as much as an overhead line.

Inspector: Martin Broderick; Examination

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