Bye-bye Brecon Beacons pylons

The “blight” of Britain’s beautiful national parks that is pylons is set to be buried – as the National Grid announced it will run “eyesore” overhead lines underground. It will […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The “blight” of Britain’s beautiful national parks that is pylons is set to be buried – as the National Grid announced it will run “eyesore” overhead lines underground.

It will spend up to £500 million on running cables under the earth in four national parks – the Brecon Beacons, New Forest, Peak District and Snowdonia – as well as four areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) in the North Wessex Downs, Dorset, High Weald and Tamar Valley.

In these areas, 12 sections of high voltage lines have been shortlisted as having the most significant landscape and visual impact after an independent study overseen by landscape expert Professor Carys Swanwick.

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George Mayhew, National Grid representative said: “National Grid’s electricity network is vital to our way of life but this project will help reduce its impact on some of our most treasured landscapes.”

When Ofgem first gave permission to the grid operator to spend the cash up to 2021, it was “cheered” on by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

At the time Paul Miner, Senior Planning Campaigner for CPRE dubbed the move “a significant step towards ridding our most precious landscapes of the blight of 50 metre high pylons”.