Grid reveals preferred pylon path through West Norfolk

The National Grid wants to build a 1.75 mile (2.8km) overhead electricity line from a new power station in West Norfolk to a network link.

Overhead cables would take a south easterly route from King's Lynn.

The preferred path is through a wide stretch of land between the Ouse Relief Channel and West Winch Common crossing the River Nar and a railway line.

People in the path of the 400,000 volt line have a chance to challenge pylon positions and the exact route.

The company will be holding public exhibitions to explain how it chose the preferred route and how people can respond.

The National Grid said they would need the line to link a new 981-megawatt gas-fired power station at the Willows Business Park to the existing Walpole to Norwich power line.

The announcement said it had consulted with the public, local authorities, statutory organisations and environmental and other bodies.

Views sought

Project Manager Andrew Connolly said: "We listened very carefully to views.

"We believe the East Corridor best addresses the main issues raised in the consultation."

"It provides the greatest flexibility for routing the line away from properties, minimises the impact on local bird populations and wildlife and would enable us to take advantage of some natural screening, such as trees.

"During the next stages of consultation we will be identifying a location for an overhead line and pylon positions.

"We will be asking local people to give us their views and talking to landowners, others with an interest."

The consultation meetings are on Friday 25 March at Ramada Hotel, King's Lynn and on Saturday 26 March at William Burt Centre Village Hall, West Winch.

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