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Going Underground in the Cotswolds – exciting plans to transform the Cotswolds National Landscape

Going Underground in the Cotswolds – exciting plans to transform the Cotswolds National Landscape

The Cotswolds National Landscape is the largest of all Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England and Wales and spans 790 square miles. It's a popular destination for local people and visitors alike – but did you know it also has more electricity pylons than any other protected landscape in England and Wales?

Now, National Grid is embarking on ambitious plans to enhance the landscape and views in a popular part of the Cotswolds by removing up to 20 pylons and around 7 kilometres of overhead electricity line and replacing them with cables buried underground.

This is part of National Grid's Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project*, which is a national programme to reduce the visual impact of existing high voltage power lines in protected areas across England and Wales.

A series of public drop-in information events will be taking place during August where visitors can view the plans, speak to members of the team and share their views:

· Winchcombe Museum, High Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5LJ: Thursday 11 August, 10:00am–1:00pm 

· Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane, Winchcombe, GL54 5PR: Thursday 11 August, 3:00pm–8:00pm

· Stanton Hall (Stanton Suite), Church Street, Charlton Kings, GL53 8AR: Thursday 18 August, 3:00pm–8:00pm

· Winchcombe Country Show (hosted at Winchcombe School, Greet Road, Winchcombe, GL54 5LB): Monday 29 August (bank holiday), 1:00pm–5:00pm

Robbie Griggs, National Grid Lead Project Manager said: "By going underground in the Cotswolds, we'll transform the skyline right across the stunning landscape of the Cotswold Plateau. The section that we've earmarked for removal runs from Postlip Mill in the north, right across the plateau avoiding the ancient woodland and steep slopes of West Down and ending up near Dowdeswell Wood in the south.

"We really want the local community to get involved and have their say on our plans to enhance this special landscape. If you're a resident close to our intended route for pylon removal, you should be receiving a letter in the post. You'll also be able to view our interactive 360 tour when it launches in the coming days, and you can contact us using any of the details below. We look forward to hearing from you soon."

The project is being developed in consultation with the Cotswolds National Landscape team, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Natural England and Historic England. It's still in its early planning stages so this is a great opportunity to find out more and let the project team know what you think. You can find out more via the project's website (nationalgrid.com/cotswoldsvip) which includes information on the plans, next steps and will soon include a new virtual 360 tour where you can see what the landscape looks like now and how it could look once pylons are removed.

You can also contact the team at: · Email: visualimpact@nationalgrid.com

· Phone: 0330 134 0051

Posted: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 10:48 by Community Development Officer

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