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  • Visual Impact Provision (VIP) Project Timeline

  • Spring 2013 - Policy Development

    Early 2013 National Grid drafted the policy.
    July 2013 The policy went through an eight-week public consultation on the National Grid website. The policy was then updated to reflect stakeholder views.
    December 2013 National Grid submitted the revised policy to Ofgem.
    February 2014 The policy went through a four week Ofgem consultation.
    March 2014 Ofgem confirmed that the policy fulfilled its purpose and supported its implementation.
  • Spring 2014 - Project begins

    Early 2014 Stakeholder Advisory Group was created.
    March 2014 Chris Baines was appointed Chairman of Stakeholder Advisory Group.
    April 2014 The Stakeholder Advisory Group met and agreed its remit and the landscape assessment process.
    May 2014 National Grid appointed a specialist landscape consultant to carry out landscape assessments in 30 English and Welsh Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks.
  • Summer/Autumn 2014 - Landscape Assessment

    May - June 2014 Landscape and Visual impacts were measured across more than 130 sections of overhead lines covering 571km in AONBs and National Parks across England and Wales.
    July - October 2014 Analysis of fieldwork assessment was led by leading landscape architect, Professor Carys Swanwick and a landscape and visual impact report is produced.
    October 2014 Stakeholder Advisory Group reviews the report and endorses its findings, shortlisting 12 sections of overhead lines in eight AONBs and National Parks as having the most significant landscape and visual impact.

    The principal of the Landscape Enhancement Initiative is established by the Stakeholder Advisory Group which aims to spend up to – £24 million – of the total Ofgem allowance to smaller localised landscape projects.
  • Spring 2015 - Scheme Development

    January - April 2015 Each of the shortlisted AONBs and National Parks are studied to examine their ecology, archaeology, land ownership, geology and a range of other important factors. Engagement with stakeholder groups and the general public is undertaken in each location to gather technical data, local insight and intelligence in relation to each area.

    Stakeholder reference groups were formed in the eight shortlisted areas.
    February and April 2015 Findings from this phase were feedback to the Stakeholder Advisory Group.
  • Summer 2015 - Options Appraisal Reports

    May - July 2015 A detailed Options Appraisal (OA) report is prepared on each of the shortlisted areas to considered (remove ed) all available options. National Grid and its advisers will identify the most appropriate solution(s) for each area based on technical information, initial feasibility work and discussions with local stakeholders.

    Options are presented to Stakeholder Reference Groups in each area and feedback is incorporated into final report.
  • Autumn 2015 - Projects Selected for Technical Feasibility

    September 2015 The OA reports are presented to the Stakeholder Advisory Group.

    A further shortlist of the schemes are prioritised for further detailed work by the Stakeholder Advisory Group.

    The amount of prioritised schemes are likely to be between three and five which will be investigated fully for technical feasibility.

    The Landscape Enhancement Initiative is launched, a £24m grant scheme which is open to AONBs and National Parks.
  • 2016 - Projects Selected/Ofgem Approval

    Spring 2016 Detailed technical work will be undertaken on each of the proposed schemes.
    Autumn 2016 Stakeholder Advisory Group reviews technical feasibility reports. National Grid submits projects for recommendation to Ofgem for approval.

    Ofgem reviews and decides project(s) suitability.
  • 2017 to 2021 - Delivery

    2017 Onwards Subject to Ofgem approval, work begins on selected major projects (likely to be between three and five) to include:

    - Scheme routeing
    - Development and consent
    - Working with AONBs and National Parks concerned
    - Community engagement and consultation
    - Construction work