Fears raised over size of £500m electrical station in Lee-on-the-Solent

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CONCERNS have been raised over the visual impact the electrical station will have on the landscape.

The interconnector proposed by the National Grid will be housed in a 20-metre tall building, equivalent to seven storeys, on a 10-acre piece of land – similar in size to the drystack at Trafalgar Wharf in Portchester.

A spokesperson from the Campaign to Protect Rural England Hampshire said: ‘This is a huge footprint for a seven-storey building.

‘The area around Daedalus is very flat and seven storeys will be a very visible structure.

‘The only tall building at the moment is the air traffic control building and there are some four and five-storey blocks at Lee-on-the-Solent.

‘Although this is a brownfield site, we have some concerns about its wider visibility, but that has to be balanced against the national energy need.’

Ward councillor Chris Wood also voiced concerns about the size of the building, especially as it is next to land designated as community green space.

He said: ‘Given the sheer size of the building proposed it is obviously very concerning as it is not in keeping with the surrounding area and is far larger than anything else on the Daedalus site.

‘What’s also concerning is the decision to sell the land will be made on December 7, before any consultation.

‘On the other hand this will provide a substantial amount of money to the council and will generate a tiny amount of additional traffic once it is built. I look forward to hearing residents’ views.’