- The proposed route is in close proximity to Marton Pool, a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
- Along the proposed South Route, in Worthen and surrounding hamlets, there are 80 Grade III listed buildings, 4 Grade II* listed buildings and 1 Grade I listed building.
- Corndon Hill has applied for a European Grant for Tourism. The Proposed Pylons will have a massive visual impact on this site which is a Bronze Age Axe Factory. Stiperstones and Corndon landscape partnership have a bid in with Heritage Lottery to help develop skills and tourism around this important historic area.
- The Social and Economic implications of the proposals are a major concern, with local tourism suffering, for example B&B’s, pubs camping and caravan sites.
- The impact for Wildlife schemes is huge in this area. Resident Wildlife species include Barn Owls, Bats, Red Kites, Heron, Kingfishers, Hares, Swans, Otters and Curlews. Very Rare Hen Harriers and Lapwings are also present and are listed as RED STATUS on the RSPB website.
- Offa’s Dyke runs along the Long Mountain, parallel to the proposed route. The Pylons would have a huge visual effect on this historical area. The Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership is introducing a new programme called ‘Walking with Offa’.
- The valley in and around Worthen has experienced severe flooding and a number landslides have occurred just below Rowley, washing roads and trees away.