New electricity pylons will ‘carve up’ the countryside, opponents claim

By Paul Homewood

h/t Dave Ward



Plans for a new overhead electricity line to run across south Norfolk, and beyond into Suffolk and Essex, have come up against opposition from campaigners. 

National Grid is currently consulting with residents about their ‘East Anglia GREEN’ project, which they say is needed to help the UK achieve its ambition of net zero emissions by 2050 – and because the current infrastructure is not fit for purpose.

But the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) said the proposed pylons would have a "negative impact" on unspoilt countryside.

In a message on their website, National Grid states: “East Anglia’s 400 kV electricity transmission network was built in the 1960s.

“It was built to supply regional demand, centred around Norwich and Ipswich.

“With the growth in new energy generation from offshore wind, nuclear power and interconnection with other countries, there will be more electricity connected in East Anglia than the network can currently accommodate.”

The new proposed line would run south from a substation at Dunston, near Norwich.

The pylons would typically be 45-50m high, with the cable running parallel to an existing power line to the west, which is itself west of and parallel to the A140 road.

The railway line to London would meanwhile lie between the new and existing power lines.

At the county’s southern edge, it would exit into Suffolk by passing between Bressingham and Roydon, near Diss, before heading to its destination at Tilbury, on the Thames estuary.

The CPRE are among those with reservations about the proposal, saying it would damage the landscape.

David Hook, chair of the CPRE’s ‘Vision for Norfolk’ committee, said: “It’s a pity that when they’re doing all this new work to upgrade transmission, that they don’t use this as an opportunity to bury the cables – and also to bury existing cable lines.


Quite apart from the environmental impact, let us also not forget about the cost of building all of this, none of which will be paid by the offshore wind farms or interconnectors.

It’s a reminder of many hidden costs of renewable power.


April 24, 2022 at 06:00AM

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