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National Grid is inviting local people to have their say on plans to enhance a popular landscape in the Peak District National Park.

As part of its Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project, National Grid has developed proposals to replace a 2km section of existing overhead electricity transmission line along the Trans Pennine Trail east of the Woodhead Tunnel, near Dunford Bridge, with an underground connection, permanently removing seven pylons from the landscape.

The VIP project is a major opportunity to enhance some of the most protected landscapes throughout England and Wales by reducing the visual impact of existing electricity transmission lines in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks. The project is making use of a £500 million provision from Ofgem, allocated to carry out works like this in English and Welsh AONBs and National Parks and Scottish National Scenic Areas.

National Grid is holding five public consultation events locally where members of the community are encouraged to come along, view the plans and have your say. The events are being held on:

  • Saturday 1 December 2018 10am – 4pm at Pennine Sailing Club, Winscar Reservoir, Dunford Bridge, South Yorkshire, S36 4TF
  • Wednesday 5 December 2018 1pm – 6:30pm at Millhouse Green Institute, Manchester Road, Millhouse Green, Sheffield, S36 9NZ
  • Thursday 6 December 2018 10am – 3pm at St John’s Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6AR and 4pm – 8pm at Dunford Parish Community Centre, A616 Sheffield Road, Nr Crow Edge, HD9 7TP
  • Saturday 8 December 2018 10am – 4pm at Pennine Sailing Club, Pennine Sailing Club, Winscar Reservoir, Dunford Bridge, South Yorkshire, S36 4TF

Feedback is invited by 5 January 2019 by completing a form, which will be available at the events, or can be requested by calling 0330 134 0051, or emailing visualimpact@nationalgrid.com.

To find out more about the project and the consultation events, please visit: http://peakdistrict.nationalgrid.co.uk/