|National Grid Upgrade in Cumbria - pylons threat to Cumbria's beautiful places|
|Thursday, 23 August 2012 10:53|
The National Grid is in the process of planning a major upgrade of the electricity transmission network in Cumbria.This is because of the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Moorside, close to Sellafield, on the west coast of the county, and the construction of a number of offshore wind farms.
This is a large scale project, and plans are being developed in stages over a number of years, in close consultation with local planning authorities and other interested groups, including Friends of the Lake District. The first major consultation stage, which sought to identify the most appropriate strategic route option for the transmission network, has recently closed.
We held detailed discussions with National Grid, and the local planning authorities, in order to identify the approach which best protects the landscape. We are urging the National Grid to consider a variety of options for transmission, including underground and offshore cables, as well as alternative pylon designs - in order to minimise landscape impact.
It is vital that the option chosen protects sensitive landscape areas like the Lake District National Park and the Solway Coast AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
National Grid is due to announce their favoured route for the new lines at the end of this year. We will be working closely with National Grid and other organisations during 2013 to ensure we get the best solution for Cumbria's landscape and communities.
Read our response to the consultation here.