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  • Visual Impact Provision: Peak District National Park

    • 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.

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      Title:  Peak District East Options Study
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      A study looking at the options to mitigate the impact of National Grid's transmission overhead line.
       
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      A study looking at the options to mitigate the impact of National Grid's transmission overhead line.

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      Title:  Peak District East Scoping Report
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      The Peak District East Scoping report setting out the approach to the scheme - May 2016
       
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      The Peak District East Scoping report setting out the approach to the scheme - May 2016

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      Title:  Peak Park West Options Study
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      A study looking at the options to mitigate the impact of National Grid's transmission overhead line.
       
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      A study looking at the options to mitigate the impact of National Grid's transmission overhead line.

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  •  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 ongoing and detailed technical feasibility including ground engineering, environmental studies and archaeological surveys.

    We are continuing to work closely with Peak District National Park Authority and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, as well as landowners and statutory consultees to progress our plans. 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.

    Stakeholder engagement

    A significant amount of stakeholder work has been carried out in this area following the original landscape assessment in November 2014, including  holding public drop in events in Dunford Bridge and Penistone, 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.

     Find out more

    A dedicated website peakdistrict.nationalgrid.co.uk has been established to support the project and the latest information on progress can be found by visiting this website.

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