The Stakeholder Advisory Group is an independent group of stakeholder organisations who will work together to identify those areas that would benefit most from the Visual Impact Provision project. Together with landscape consultants, the group chaired by environmentalist, Chris Baines will identify potential projects - both large and small - that can deliver the greatest visual mitigation of existing transmission lines in AONBs and National Parks.
For the Visual Impact Provision 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.
This applies both to large major capital programmes (such as undergrounding and re-routeing) to small landscape enhancement schemes under the Landscape Enhancement Initiative (more information to follow).
To achieve this, we established a Stakeholder Advisory Group which comprises representatives from organisations dedicated to enhancing landscape and countryside throughout England and Wales. The members advise the project on key decisions and on the most effective ways to engage with local stakeholders outside the main Advisory Group.
The group's members are:
The Stakeholder Advisory Group’s role is to identify a list of potential projects - large and small - across AONBs and National Parks in England and Wales that could benefit from the fund and to select those that deliver the greatest visual mitigation judged against a range of criteria. The Stakeholder Advisory Group’s role will be to work with National Grid and ensure: the fund delivers maximum benefit in terms of enhancing the landscape while using the fund in the most economical and efficient way; and ensuring that there are no negative impacts on sensitive environments as the enhancements are made.
The Stakeholder Advisory Group will help to: