Farnham Borough Council approves power plans

Farnham Borough Council has approved plans for the creation of infrastructure to help link the electricity transmission systems of Britain and France.

Members voted for the outline scheme, which forms part of the £500 million Interconnector project known as IFA2, despite the local authority receiving 1,134 objections to the proposed converter station and underground cables.

According to the National Grid, the project would secure energy supplies and help to reduce electricity costs citing it as ‘worth £1 billion a year to customers in lower energy prices’.

IFA2, a partnership with French power transmission operator Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (RTE), would be Britain's fifth interconnector, adding to existing links with France, the Netherlands, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

If the plans go ahead, more than 100 miles of undersea cables would be laid between Normandy to Hill Head beach at Stubbington, Hampshire.

However, Martin Marks, chairman of Lee Residents Association, raised concern over the loud noise from the station.

He said: "They've had problems at the Isle of Grain and their houses are six times further away than they would be at Lee-on-the-Solent."