The Peak District was
the first National Park in England and Wales, being designated in 1951. One of
National Grid’s overhead lines runs through the northern part of the Park. The
independent landscape assessment concluded that three sections of the transmission
line have landscape and visual impacts of very high importance.
One of the sections runs from a sealing end compound near
the eastern entrance of the Woodhead Tunnel eastwards along the River Don
Valley. The other two sections start at the head of the upper Longdendale
Valley where the line emerges west of the Woodhead Tunnel and run down the
valley along a number of reservoirs up to Tintwistle.
The section of line between west of Woodhead tunnel and
Stalybridge is in a physical condition which requires significant replacement/
refurbishment work. National Grid therefore undertook a study looking at
options to secure the long term future of this important transmission route.
The study has provided an input into the consideration of options under the
Visual Impact Provision project.
A study looking at the options to mitigate the impact of National Grid's transmission overhead line.
The Peak District East Scoping report setting out the approach to the scheme - May 2016
Latest Project News
At the Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting in September 2015,
the section of line near Dunford Bridge in the Peak District National Park was
prioritised as one of the four sections of line to be taken forward as a
potential undergrounding project. This section of line is now subject to
detailed technical feasibility including ground engineering, environmental
studies and archaeological surveys.
Over the next 12 months we will be continuing to work
closely with Peak District National Park Authority as well as the local
authorities, landowners and statutory consultees. There will also be further
significant engagement with local stakeholders and communities.
The two sections of line within the Peak District National
Park which start at the head of the upper Longdendale Valley and emerge west of
the Woodhead Tunnel were not prioritised. Although four schemes have been
prioritised in England and Wales, all 12 remain on the shortlist and remain
under consideration for future work to reduce the impact of National Grid’s
transmission lines under the VIP project.
A significant amount of stakeholder work has been carried
out in this area following the original landscape assessment in November 2014,
including an independently facilitated stakeholder workshop and establishing a
stakeholder reference group. The Options
Appraisal Study provides further detail on the progress that has been made on
this project. This report can be downloaded above.
Your browser does not support Iframes