Latest Project News - January 2017
The latest set of SAG meeting minutes from December 2016 are now available to download here
The latest set of SAG meeting minutes from September 2016 are now available to download them by clicking here
The second annual report is now available in Welsh, download it by clicking here
The second annual report for the Visual Impact Provision project has been published and is available for download here or by clicking the front cover image to the right.
May – July 2016 Update
In May 2016 the team launched the first window of the Landscape
Enhancement Initiative and invited applications from all 30 AONBs and National
Parks with National Grid overhead lines. The window closes in July 2016 for
applications to be reviewed. For more information please follow the link.
January 2016 Update
The VIP project team received approval from Ofgem for the
Landscape Enhancement Initiative in January 2016.
Second Annual Report
For the English version please click here
For the Welsh version please click here
October 2015 Update
In 2014 we undertook a comprehensive assessment to help identify those sections of our existing overhead lines in AONBs and National Parks that have the greatest impact and offer the greatest opportunities for mitigation and enhancement. The work was carried out by landscape planning consultants Gillespies and LUC under the guidance of Landscape Adviser Professor Carys Swanwick. The methodology developed and used for the assessment was “Highly Commended” at The Landscape Institute Awards in October 2015.
September 2015 Update
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.
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.
Click on a green marker in the map below to find out more about an individual area and register for updates.
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.
It is encouraging that National Grid is engaging so openly with groups like CPRE to remove transmission lines...
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]
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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