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Halstead: National Grid selects substation site
11:20am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A huge electricity substation is likely to be built on the A131 after National Grid announced its preferred site.
The company is proposing building the substation on a field between Butler’s Wood and Waldegrave Wood, at Wickham St Paul.
The field, which has an existing 400,000 volt overhead line running through it, was one of three options considered by National Grid, along with two sites near Castle Hedingham.
National Grid senior project manager Brian Smethurst said: “We’ve been very keen to listen to the feedback from local people, and it has helped us shape our proposals.
“We have consulted extensively with residents and specialist bodies, and have listened to their concerns on a wide range of issues from the landscape and ecology to heritage and transport.
"Having carefully reviewed all the options and potential locations, we believe this is the best option.
“The site is already well screened by two large areas of woodland, with scope for more landscaping, and there is good access from the A131.
“The substation is part of a wider overhead line and underground cable connection project in Suffolk and Essex and there will be another opportunity to comment on both the substation proposals and all the other aspects of the new connection when we consult formally on the wider project."
An alternative option considered by National Grid was to build underground cabling connecting with an existing substation in Braintree.
A spokesman said: “National Grid carefully considered this option; however due to significant high costs and likely impacts on archaeology and biodiversity it was discounted.”
The new substation is part of a major upgrade of power lines in East Anglia.
For more information, visit nationalgrid.com/bramford-twinstead
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