The cable formed part of a wider project to link the British and Danish high-voltage transmission networks. The inspector found that alternative routes had been thoroughly and rigorously examined and none had been shown to be preferable on the balance of relevant environmental, technical and cost considerations. He recognised that some short-term harm would be caused to the landscape, including an AONB, during construction but was satisfied that no permanent or long-lasting damage would result.
He concluded that the delivery of essential infrastructure was in the national and public interest, providing the exceptional circumstances and sustainable development necessary to satisfy local policy and the development plan as a whole. The proposal was also supported by relevant national policies, he held.
Inspector: John Felgate; Inquiry