Local people invited to help develop plans

Going underground: Local people invited to help develop plans which could see section of Peak District overhead power line buried

  • Local people invited to help develop proposals which could see section of overhead electricity line taken down and replaced with underground cable
  • National Grid working closely with the Peak District National Park Authority and others on the project
  • Public information events are due to be held in Penistone and Dunford Bridge

Local residents are being invited to help develop plans which could see a section of overhead line in the Peak District National Park removed and replaced with electric power lines buried underground.

The work is part of National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project, a major initiative to reduce the visual impact of existing high voltage power lines in protected areas across England and Wales.

In November 2014, a section of power line in and near the village of Dunford Bridge was first identified by an independent study as having a major landscape and visual impact.

National Grid has since been working with local organisations including the Peak District National Park Authority, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, the Trans Pennine Trail and Natural England to investigate burying the cables.

Local people can come and find out how the plans are shaping up and give feedback at three events being held as follows:

Date: Thursday 7 July

Time: 8.30am – 3.00pm

Venue: Penistone Town Hall, Shrewsbury Road, Penistone, Barnsley, S36 6DY

Date: Thursday 7 July

Time: 4.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue: Dunford Parish Community Centre, Sheffield Road, Victoria, Holmfirth, HD9 7TP

Date: Friday 8 July

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue: National Grid Mobile Unit, Dunford Bridge Car Park (on the Trans Pennine Trail), Dunford Bridge, Holmfirth, S36 4TF

Members of National Grid’s project team will be available to answer questions and discuss the project in more detail.

Sarah Fowler, chief executive, Peak District National Park Authority: “It’s a huge long term project that will greatly enhance the natural look and wild beauty of the landscape but it is going to involve considerable upheaval on the ground so it is very important that local people and interested groups get involved and make their views known at this stage of the process.”

Hector Pearson, National Grid VIP project manager said: “We’re considering potential route corridor options where we feel we could bury the power cables, enabling us to take down some existing pylons.

“We are looking at a range of options and listening to the advice from local experts. While undoubtedly there would be some local disturbance and inconvenience while dismantling the pylons and laying the cables, we feel that removing the pylons from this part of the Peak District would have long term benefits.”

He added: “We’re keen to share these plans with the local community and to find out what they think about them.”