An overview of key VIP project milestones
Find out what we’ve done so far in the Peak District, as well as a preview of what’s to come:
Three sections of overhead lines in the Peak District National Park were identified as having a significant landscape and visual impact. One of the sections runs from a sealing end compound near the eastern entrance of the Woodhead Tunnel eastwards along the River Don Valley. The other two sections start at the head of the upper Longdendale Valley where the line emerges west of the Woodhead Tunnel and run down the valley along a number of reservoirs up to Tintwistle.
WINTER 2014 – AUTUMN 2015
National Grid and independent landscape consultants undertook further technical work and considered the detailed input from local stakeholders in the Peak District. This enabled the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Group to prioritise the section of transmission line in and around the village of Dunford Bridge in September 2015.
National Grid working with local partners established a Stakeholder Reference Group. The following organisations regularly attend these technical meetings:
- Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
- Dunford Parish Council
- Natural England
- Peak District National Park Authority
- Trans Pennine Trail
WINTER 2015 – SUMMER 2016
National Grid undertook environmental, archaeological, geotechnical, transport and ecology surveys in the Peak District National Park and engaged with technical stakeholders and members of the local community.
AUTUMN – WINTER 2016
The VIP project’s Stakeholder Advisory Group reviewed the results of the environmental and engineering surveys, the stakeholder feedback and National Grid’s preferred options. The Group recommended that the project should proceed to construction by reviewing this information and the progress of the project using the guiding principles of the VIP policy.
2017 – 2018
National Grid continued with detailed ecological and environmental work and discussions and investigations into the appropriate underground solutions for the project. Public consultation to help shape our final proposals was launched in December 2018.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust joins the Stakeholder Reference Group.
National Grid submitted a planning application for the project to Barnsley Council.
National Grid submitted a planning application for enhancements to the existing visitor car park at Dunford Bridge to the Peak District National Park Authority.
The Peak District National Park Authority approved National Grid’s proposals on 14 May 2020.
Barnsley Council approved the planning application for the VIP project on 16 June, subject to a legal agreement and conditions.
The Peak District National Park Authority approved the proposals for enhancements to the visitor car park with the addition of charging points for electric vehicles.
Construction on the project is expected to start in spring 2021 and take approximately two years to complete (including the removal of the existing line which is scheduled for the second half of 2022).