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National Grid to bury 'ugliest pylons'

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The National Grid is to bury twelve of the ugliest stretches of pylons in England and Wales to reduce their impact on the rural landscape

The body responsible for the UK’s energy infrastructure has set aside £500million over the next eight years to sink power cables in eight proposed areas including the New Forest, the Brecon Beacons, the Peak District and Snowdonia.

The National Grid drafted the scheme after becoming aware of the vocal opposition to new wind farms in the greenbelt.

The company has approximately 355 miles of pylons running though national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in England and Wales.

Advisory consultant and chair of the National Grid’s stakeholder advisory group said: ‘Having decided these are the biggest and ugliest ones, we now have to look at the feasibility.

‘Undergrounding is best when you can do it, but we also have to make sure the treatment isn’t worse than the disease. It can leave quite a scar that is hard to heal.’

In 2011 Danish Architects Bystrup won a design competition for the next generation of Pylons to be installed in the UK. The new T-shaped designs have been approved for the connection to the new Hinckley Point power station in Somerset.

The T-shaped pylons were chosen ahead of designs put forward by Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A), Gustafson Porter, Ian Ritchie Architects, New Town Studio and Knight Architects in a competition run by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), National Grid, and the RIBA.

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