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Ofgem underground plan welcomed

Posted 9 December 2009
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Ofgem underground plan welcomed
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A plan by electricity regulator Ofgem to move overhead wires underground in national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty has been welcomed by a pressure group.

The Campaign for National Parks (CNP) said it was pleased to learn that the regulator has decided to continue a fund to pay for lines to be removed from the pylons and placed underground instead to eliminate their visual impact.

Commenting on the move, CNP spokesperson Ruth Chambers remarked: "The scheme has led to several unsightly lines being placed underground."

She added that the body wants to see electricity companies consult with the public to compile a "wish list" of sites where more lines can be buried during the next five years.

Such a move could improve the landscape for those keen to don some walking gear and enjoy the national parks.

The CNP noted that a number of locations in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales have already benefited from the scheme.

Moves to bury power lines could end up being instigated in regions currently outside national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty, due to the extension of national parks and the creation of new ones.

Examples of this could include the possible expansion of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, as well as the confirmed creation of the South Downs National Park this coming spring.

Posted by Dan Mirza