Residents who had protested for weeks that the pylons were an eyesore were overjoyed.
Ray Steele of Landor Street which looks out over land where it was planned to erect the
"Its a revelation. Its a victory for common sense.
"EME have now been beaten three times and the residents are now calling on the
district council to undertake a series of actions to make sure this does not happen
The residents were protesting that terminal towers at each end of a 2.4 kilometre
stretch of underground cabling would be eyesores. The planning sub-committee agreed and
officially resolved that the towers represented a "significant adverse effect on the
But the matter is still likely to drag on. EME can now make an application to the
Secretary of State for the Environment. His department will notify the district council
and if the council raises objections then it will go to a public inquiry.
The inquiry inspector will report back to the secretary of state who will decide the