Electricity pylons are set to be removed from four protected areas in England and Wales to reduce their visual impact on the landscape.
The overhead power lines will be replaced by underground cables in parts of the New Forest, Dorset, the Peak District and Snowdonia, a project that the National Grid has estimated to cost £500m.
It’s great news for the Friends of the Lake District who recently started the ‘say no to pylons in the Lake District’ campaign, following the National Grid’s proposal to run 400kV cables around the west of Cumbria from Carlisle in the north to Heysham in the south. This would mean 24km of 50 metre high pylons in the Lake District.
The pylons are set to be removed from: Dorset AONB- near Winterbourne Abbas, New Forest National Park- near Hale, Peak District National Park- near Dunford Bridge, and Snowdonia National Park- near Porthmadog.
These four protected areas have been prioritised out of twelve sections of electricity lines that are in eight national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty, due to having the most significant impact on beauty spots.
Only the four schemes have been prioritised largely due to lack of funding, but all the shortlisted locations will remain under consideration for future work. Areas to miss out on the project include the Brecon Beacons National Park, High Weald in East Sussex and the Tamar Valley between Devon and Cornwall.
Mr Baines, who chaired the group of conservation organisations which advised National Grid, said there have been very difficult decisions made: “Reducing the visual impact of pylons and power lines in our most precious landscapes is highly desirable, but it is also very expensive and technically complex.”
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