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  • Visual Impact Provision Policy review – your views

    The Visual Impact Provision policy document sets out the way in which we propose to make use of the £500 million allowance made available by Ofgem .We published the policy in 2013 following a public consultation. It contains the five guiding principles that have underpinned everything that we have done to date. 

    The policy states that we will review it in 2017 with a view to revising it as necessary to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

    Over the last few months we have reviewed the policy and concluded that it is still well suited to its role and does not require any significant revision. However, we have identified the need for some minor updates to the policy that we are proposing to make as follows:

    • Section 01: Introduction – the removal of the word ‘new’ in relation to Visual Impact Provision allowance as we are now half way through the price control period.
    • Section 04: Guiding Principles – adding the need to avoid unacceptable impacts on the historic environment to the second guiding principle. 
    • Section 05: Engagement with stakeholders – changing English Heritage to Historic England to reflect that they have changed their name since the policy was first published.
    • Section 08: Contacts – updating the contact details with our current website address and the VIP hotline number.
    • Throughout the document, updating web links to background and supporting documents where they have changed. 

    As part of the review, we would like to hear your views on the policy which can be downloaded by following the link at the side. You can send us your comments by: 

    • Sending an email to  visualimpact@nationalgrid.com , or
    • Writing to our freepost address at FREEPOST VISUAL IMPACT PROVISION


    Please let us have your comments back before 
    Thursday 26th October 2017. 

    We will take the feedback we receive to the next Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting for discussion and agree any changes to the policy with them.

    • About the Project

      The Visual Impact Provision project represents a major opportunity to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and environmental heritage within our most protected landscapes.

      The project will make use of a £500m allocation by Ofgem to carry out work to help reduce the impact of existing transmission lines in English and Welsh Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks. 

      In 2014, we identified twelve transmission lines in eight Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as having the most significant visual impact. In September 2015 the Project’s Stakeholder Advisory Group considered a wide range of factors and recommended four schemes be taken forward for potential engineering work. The protected landscapes which have been prioritised are:

       

      Read our press release or click on a project name above to find out more.

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    • Currently in Great Britain, there is a provision of £500 million for UK electricity transmission owners to improve the look of existing electricity infrastructure in nationally protected landscapes. We call this the Visual Impact Provision (VIP). The money can only be spent on existing lines through areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) and National Parks in England and Wales and National Parks and National Scenic Areas in Scotland. For National Grid, as the transmission owner in England and Wales, this covers 571km of overhead line which is around seven per cent of the network.

      The project is being led by National Grid and we are being advised by some of the UK’s leading landscape experts. We are working in close collaboration with national stakeholders representing the wider interests of the landscape and environment.

      For the VIP project to succeed, it is vital that stakeholders play a central role in helping to identify those areas and lines which would benefit most from expenditure under the Visual Impact Provision.

       
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      It is encouraging that National Grid is engaging so openly with groups like CPRE to remove transmission lines...
       
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      It is encouraging that National Grid is engaging so openly with groups like CPRE to remove transmission lines...
      Chris Baines
      Chris Baines
      Chairman
      Stakeholder Advisory Group
  • More information

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    August 2017: Third Annual Report

    The third annual report provides an overview of key project activities during 2015/2016 including the wider stakeholder engagement programmes and an overview of the four prioritised projects. It is available by following the link below.

    Visual Impact Provision: Third Annual Report, August 2017 [7.2Mb, PDF]

  • VIP 2016 Annual Report

    July 2016: Second Annual Report

    The second report covers the activities that we have undertaken over the last year, the wider stakeholder engagement programme and an overview of the four prioritised AONBs and National Parks that have since been progressed for further feasibility from the Stakeholder Advisory Group in September 2015. It is available by following the link below.

    Visual Impact Provision: Second Annual Report, July 2016 [7.2Mb, PDF]

  • VIP Technical Report

    Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment Technical Report

    A landscape and visual impact assessment of existing electricity transmission infrastructure in nationally protected landscapes in England and Wales. A total of 50 sections of line have been assessed in 26 designated areas and have been further divided into 122 subsections, each separately assessed. In addition a further six sections of line that run adjacent to four additional designated landscapes have been assessed and divided into eight subsections.

    This report has been written by Professor Carys Swanwick acting as Independent Adviser to National Grid on the Visual Impact Provision Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment project, with contributions from the teams from Gillespies and Land Use Consultants who carried out the detailed field survey work for the project.

    Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment Technical Report [10Mb, PDF]

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