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  • Visual Impact Provision (VIP) shortlisted areas

  • The Stakeholder Advisory Group identified a list of projects - large and small - across AONBs and National Parks in England and Wales that could benefit from the fund and selected those that will deliver the greatest visual mitigation, judged against a range of criteria.

    The group will continue to work with National Grid to make sure the fund is maximised in terms of enhancing the landscape and there are no negative impacts on sensitive environments as the enhancements are made.

  • In September 2015 the Project’s Stakeholder Advisory Group recommended that four schemes are taken forward for potential engineering work. These are:  
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      Title:  Dorset AONB
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      The geology is strongly expressed along the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, and gives rise to a varied landscape of downland, ridges and vales.
       
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      The geology is strongly expressed along the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, and gives rise to a varied landscape of downland, ridges and vales.

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      Title:  New Forest National Park
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      An elevated plateau of sands, gravels and clays that slopes gently to the Solent coast. Surrounded by ancient forest farmlands and small-holdings with strong commoning traditions.
       
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      An elevated plateau of sands, gravels and clays that slopes gently to the Solent coast. Surrounded by ancient forest farmlands and small-holdings with strong commoning traditions.

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      Title:  Peak District National Park
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      Sparsely settled area with a landscape characterised by moorland vegetation, steep gritstone slopes, wooded cloughs and deep valleys.
       
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      Sparsely settled area with a landscape characterised by moorland vegetation, steep gritstone slopes, wooded cloughs and deep valleys.

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      Title:  Snowdonia National Park
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      A dramatic and varied landscape which includes spectacular mountain scenery, glacial valleys, extensive moorlands and two dramatic coastal estuaries.
       
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      A dramatic and varied landscape which includes spectacular mountain scenery, glacial valleys, extensive moorlands and two dramatic coastal estuaries.

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  • Four areas remain on the shortlist and will be considered for further work should Ofgem decide to make the allowance available again in the future.  
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      Title:  Brecon Beacons National Park
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      From rugged uplands to gorges and broad valleys, Brecon Beacons National Park has a wide variety of scenic landscapes.
       
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      From rugged uplands to gorges and broad valleys, Brecon Beacons National Park has a wide variety of scenic landscapes.

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      Title:  High Weald AONB
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      A medieval landscape of wooded rolling hills studded with sandstone outcrops, small irregular-shaped fields, scattered farmsteads and ancient routeways.
       
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      A medieval landscape of wooded rolling hills studded with sandstone outcrops, small irregular-shaped fields, scattered farmsteads and ancient routeways.

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      Title:  Tamar Valley AONB
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      Straddling the border between Devon and Cornwall the Tamar Valley AONB’s landscape is defined and shaped by the rivers Tamar, Tavy and Lynher.
       
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      Straddling the border between Devon and Cornwall the Tamar Valley AONB’s landscape is defined and shaped by the rivers Tamar, Tavy and Lynher.

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      Title:  North Wessex Downs AONB
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      Rolling chalk downlands, forests, woods and dales. Open expansive views are punctuated by clumps of beech woodland forming prominent landmarks.
       
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      Rolling chalk downlands, forests, woods and dales. Open expansive views are punctuated by clumps of beech woodland forming prominent landmarks.

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  • How are projects be chosen?

    Our guiding principles are to prioritise potential projects which:

    • result in greatest landscape enhancement benefits
    • result in greatest opportunities to conserve and enhance natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage whilst avoiding unacceptable environmental impacts
    • result in greatest opportunities to encourage public understanding and enjoyment of the protected landscapes, including positive socio-economic impacts
    • are technically feasible in the context of the wider transmission system
    • are economical and efficient.

    As these principles may sometimes conflict with one another (and each scheme is likely to perform differently against them) we will carefully balance the choices we make against the guiding principles mentioned above, with the help of stakeholders.

    How can the allowance be used?

    The allowance could be used for:

    • landscaping enhancements
    • screening substations or overhead lines from public viewpoints
    • re-routeing existing lines
    • replacement of existing overhead lines with underground cables
    • innovative painting techniques to reduce pylons’ visual impact
    • initiatives in AONB or National Park management plans which mitigate the impact of our electricity infrastructure
    • other visual impact measures recommended by stakeholders.

    The allowance cannot be used for:

    • the construction of new infrastructure
    • other National Grid infrastructure, e.g. gas transmission
    • other landscape, heritage and ecological designations
    • infrastructure owned by other businesses
    • any areas not yet designated AONBs and National Parks.