Peak District Visual Impact Provision
The Peak District was the first National Park in England and Wales, being designated in 1951. One of National Grid’s overhead lines runs through the northern part of the Park. The independent landscape assessment concluded that three sections of the transmission line have landscape and visual impacts of very high importance.
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.
The section of line between west of Woodhead tunnel and Stalybridge is in a physical condition which requires significant replacement/ refurbishment work. National Grid therefore undertook a study looking at options to secure the long term future of this important transmission route. The study has provided an input into the consideration of options under the Visual Impact Provision project.