National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision project update


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Come along for an update on National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision project and see what could be done to reduce the visual impact of the electricity transmission infrastructure in the Tamar Valley AONB.

Project update – July 2015

As part of National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project, a section of overhead power line which crosses the River Tamar near Weir Quay was identified in 2014 as having a significant visual impact on the landscape.

In January 2015, National Grid staged public drop-in events in St Dominick and Bere Ferrers providing local people with the opportunity to contribute information and local knowledge to an initial study into the area.

Following these events, National Grid has worked with the Tamar Valley AONB and held discussions with local stakeholders to understand the ecology, archaeology and geology of the area. Over the last couple of months, project engineers and landscape consultants have been busy gathering vital technical information to produce a report with the potential options to reduce the impact of the overhead line on the local landscape.

National Grid would like to invite residents and visitors who live and visit the AONB to view these possible options for reducing the visual impact of the existing line

Two public drop-in events are being staged over the summer for the team to discuss the proposals and provide an update on the project. It will be an opportunity for the local community to ask any questions and give their comments about the project to National Grid.

You do not need to register for the events, however it would be useful to have an idea of attendee numbers before the day, so we have created an Eventbrite.

A report containing the possible options for the Tamar Valley AONB, along with reports for the seven other shortlisted areas will be presented to the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Group in September 2015. At this meeting, it is likely that between two and five schemes will be taken forward for further detailed technical feasibility work.

If you cannot make it to the drop in events, there are several ways to get in touch with National Grid.

Email your comments together with your contact details to or post it to us FREEPOST: VISUAL IMPACT PROVISION


 Events – Tamerton Foliot and Cargreen

Date: Thursday 30 July 2015

Times: 12-8pm

Venue: Mary Dean’s Primary School,

Tamerton Foliot, PL5 4LS


Date: Monday 17 August 2015

Times: 12-8pm

Venue: Landulph Memorial Hall,

Cargreen, PL12 6NF


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