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New Forest Visual Impact Provision

South West

Located within the county of Hampshire, on the south-central coast of England, this former royal hunting ground and immediate surrounding area was given National Park status in March 2005.

The New Forest is crossed by two of National Grid’s transmission lines. The independent landscape assessment concluded that one section of line has landscape and visual impacts of very high importance. This section starts in an area of woodland at Stricklands Plantation, at the top of the Avon Valley, and heads east into an area of open access land, rising onto higher ground and crossing an open heathland ridge at Hale Purlieu before crossing the B3080 and descending.