What is Visual Impact Provision (VIP)?

The major national project that’s transforming some of our most iconic landscapes

The Going Underground scheme in the North Wessex Downs is part of National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project.

This makes use of a provision from the energy industry regulator, Ofgem, to deliver a range of stakeholder-led landscape enhancement projects in AONBs and National Parks in England and Wales.

North Wessex Downs pylons

The most important task for us is to use this allowance to achieve the maximum enhancement to the landscape in England and Wales, whilst avoiding unacceptable environmental impacts.

To ensure that we get this right and bring the most benefit from the Visual Impact Provision project, National Grid is working closely and collaboratively with stakeholders.

A group, known as the Stakeholder Advisory Group, has been set up by National Grid. It comprises organisations dedicated to conserving the landscape and countryside throughout England and Wales.

The group is helping National Grid to make decisions, and these will be made according to the guiding principles set out in the Visual Impact Provision policy document. By adopting this approach we aim to ensure fairness and balance in our decision making to help select the projects which we undertake.

If you would like more details about the project, please visit National Grid’s website or email our team: [email protected]