Plans to erect pylons in the Lake District put on hold

On Friday 5 August it was reported that National Grid has delayed the next stage of the consultation on a project to erect 24km of overhead lines right through the Lake District. Campaign for National Parks has been supporting the Friends of the Lake District’s Say no to pylons in the Lake District campaign.

In response to the reports, Fiona Howie, chief executive of Campaign for National Parks, said:

“Our National Parks are national treasures that are loved and they need to be defended from inappropriate development. 24km of overhead powerlines and pylons marching through the Lake District will have a substantial, detrimental visual impact on our most visited National Park.

We are pleased to hear that National Grid has decided to listen to the many concerns being raised and to allow more time to consider how the powerlines might pass through the Park. We are particularly pleased that further consideration is being given to placing sections of the line underground. It is essential that the visual impact on the stunning landscapes is minimised.”