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Overhead power lines Putting intrusive overhead lines underground is an immediate and permanent way to enhance the natural beauty of the National Park.

A4 – Overhead power lines

How are we doing on this objective

Continue to reduce the amount of overhead power lines and other equipment, including putting another 20km of existing power lines underground by 2024.


Progress: 9.5km of overhead power lines have been placed underground through works by Northern Powergrid and Electricity North West at: Oughtershaw-Cam Houses (4.7km); Barden Tower (0.8km); Marrick (0.8km); Keld (1.75km); Streets-Low Trenhouse (1km); and, Sannet Hall (0.5km).

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Rationale: Putting intrusive overhead lines underground is an immediate and permanent way to enhance the natural beauty of the National Park.  This objective continues the national Ofgem programme, which is implemented and paid for by the electricity distribution companies in consultation with the National Park Authority.

Lead partnersElectricity North West; Northern Powergrid

Supporting partnersYorkshire Dales National Park Authority; Friends of the Lake District

Further information:  Northern Powergrid; Electricity North West

Cost over 5 years:  £2,900,000

Funding shortfall: None

Related objectives: A2; A7

Ecosystem services: A sense of place and inspiration; Tranquillity

Trade-offs:   Works to put lines underground could potentially cause damage to important heritage features (A6), priority habitats (C1), and peatland (D3).  This will be avoided by carrying out constraints checks when planning routes and avoiding sensitive areas wherever possible.  Where harm is unavoidable but would be outweighed by the visual benefits of the scheme, suitable mitigation measures will be identified in consultation with specialist officers.

Baseline: 0 km (Jan 2018)