Your feedback and our studies so far have helped confirm the view that more than a quarter of the new connection should be buried below ground using underground cables, through the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in the Stour Valley. We recognise the beauty of these landscapes, their cultural associations with artists such as Gainsborough and Constable, and the nationally designated and protected status of Dedham Vale. Together these two underground cable sections will run for about 8 km.
Where an overhead line joins a section of underground cable, a cable sealing end compound is needed. There will be four of these – one at each end of the underground cable sections.
The four possible locations have been chosen as they are near woodland and the kind of landscape that will help to screen the compounds from view.
1. Western edge of the Stour Valley (west of Alphamstone)
2. Eastern edge of the Stour Valley (south of Sawyer’s Farm)
3. Western edge of the Dedham Vale AONB (north of Leavenheath)
4. Eastern edge of the Dedham Vale AONB (south of Polstead Heath)
For more information about underground cables, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.