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Hector Pearson, Planning Policy Manager at the National Grid delivered a keynote speech at the conference providing an update on the Visual Impact Provision project,a major initiative to reduce the visual impact of transmission lines in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks.
The project which has been developed in response to the £500 million allowance made available by Ofgem in March 2013, which applies to all electricity transmission owners across Great Britain.
As the company’s lead on the project, Pearson is working alongside the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and organisations including the Campaign for National Parks, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Campaign to Protect Rural Wales, and the National Trust.
Together with some of the UK’s leading landscape consultants, the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Group’s members will identify potential projects – both large and small – that can deliver the greatest visual mitigation of existing transmission lines.