At National Grid we are at the heart of Britain’s energy system, connecting people to the energy they use, safely and reliably. We keep the lights on so people can go about their daily lives. And we’re working to build a cleaner, fairer and more affordable energy system that serves everyone.
Electricity is carried from power stations, wind farms and other sources through a network of high voltage electricity lines owned and operated by National Grid. These electricity lines connect to hundreds of substations around the country, which then transfer electricity to local distributors who take over and supply it to homes, schools, factories and other customers.
This project involves the development of a new electricity supply point near Little Horsted, at the junction of Eastbourne Road with the A22. It is essential to allow UK Power Networks to connect to our network, enabling them to improve the electricity supply to the surrounding area and meet increased demand.
The new connection will involve building two new electricity substations (one for National Grid and one for UK Power Networks) and two new pylons, along with the dismantling of one existing pylon. Once in place, this will allow for the removal of 72 UK Power Networks pylons in the surrounding area, including ten from the South Downs National Park.
We plan to submit our planning application in late Autumn following our community engagement sessions in early September 2020. Please get in touch with the community relations team (details below) if you were unable to attend an event or would like a copy of our presentation and project information leaflet.
If approved, we will start building the two pylons and substations and dismantling the existing pylon in early 2022. This will take approximately 18 months to complete. In preparation for this, we will also need to carry out some ground clearance works in 2021.