Plans submitted for Peak District VIP project

National Grid has submitted a planning application for its Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project in the Peak District National Park to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and the Peak District National Park Authority.

It is an important milestone for the landscape enhancement project, which aims to improve the dramatic scenery of Dunford Bridge and its surrounds by replacing a 2km section of overhead electricity line with an underground connection.

Eloise Frank, VIP project manager (North) at National Grid, said: “We are confident that removing these seven pylons would deliver significant visual improvements, both for local communities and the many visitors who come to enjoy the nationally important landscape at the Peak District’s eastern gateway.”

Barnsley Council will lead on the determination of the planning application, which has been given the reference number 2019/1013 and is accessible via the council’s planning portal: https://wwwapplications.barnsley.gov.uk/planningexplorermvc.

You can use this link to view the application and provide your comments on the project.

Barnsley Council is expected to determine the application in autumn 2019. If the project receives planning consent, and subject to funding approval from the energy regulator, Ofgem, construction will begin in summer 2020 and be completed in 2022.

For more information, please get in touch with the VIP project team on 0330 134 0051 or by emailing visualimpact@nationalgrid.com.