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Removal of overhead power lines

Do you know of a stretch of overhead electricity cables that spoil a special landscape in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Would you like to see these put underground to improve the view? If so, read on . . .

Line removal

Line removal

OFGEM, the Government appointed regulator for the electricity supply industry, is continuing with the programme to underground visually intrusive electricity cables within the Norfolk Broads and the 4 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Norfolk Coast, Suffolk Coast & Heaths, Dedham Vale and part of the Chilterns) in the East of England. The current funding runs from 2015 to 2023.

UK Power Networks (previously EDF Energy Networks), as the owner of the network, is responsible for maintaining cables in the area, and is working with staff from the AONBs, the Broads and Natural England in order to ensure this funding has the maximum benefit in our most precious landscapes.

Placing cables underground is expensive and the fund has to be shared between five areas so we need to ensure that we choose sections of line for undergrounding that will result in clear benefits to the landscape, are supported by landowners and communities, avoid damage to designated sites and are cost effective.

Schemes are proposed and championed by The Broads and AONBs in partnership with landowners and local communities. Each scheme is vetted by a panel of officers from The Broads and the AONBs using criteria designed to ensure the work is achievable, cost-effective and has a positive impact on the landscape. UK Power Networks implements the selected projects. Schemes can be funded at 100% of cost, although matching funding would help to make schemes a higher priority.

The partners in this programme have decided to target this funding at reducing visual impacts of overhead electricity cables in the open countryside, rather than within town and village settings. This is because of greater complexity and expense of schemes associated with settlements. In addition, cable support structures in settlements are often shared with BT, which unfortunately does not have a similar fund. However, if the scheme gains momentum, it may be possible to consider undergrounding schemes in settlements in future.

If you would like to suggest a scheme, please contact us.