Local people invited to help develop plans

Local people invited to help develop plans which could see section of Snowdonia overhead power line buried

  • Local people invited to help develop proposals which could see section of overhead electricity line taken down and replaced with underground cable
  • National Grid working closely with the Snowdonia National Park Authority and others on the project
  • Public information events are due to be held in Penrhyndeudraeth

Local residents are being invited to help develop plans which could see a section of overhead line in the Snowdonia National Park removed and replaced with electric power lines buried underground.

The work is part of National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project, a major initiative to reduce the visual impact of existing high voltage power lines in protected areas across England and Wales.

In November 2014, a section of power line near the village of Penrhyndeudraeth was first identified by an independent study as having a major landscape and visual impact.

National Grid has since been working with local organisations including the Snowdonia National Park Authority, Gwynedd Council and Natural Resources Wales to investigate burying the cables.

Local people can come and find out how the plans are shaping up and give feedback at two events being held as follows:

Date: Thursday 14 July

Time: 2.00pm – 8.00pm

Venue: Snowdonia National Park Authority HQ, National Park Offices, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6LF

Date: Saturday 16 July

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue: Holy Trinity Church Hall, Church Place, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6LG

Members of National Grid’s project team will be available to answer questions and discuss the project in more detail.

Jonathan Cawley, Director of Planning & Land Management, Snowdonia National Park Authority said: “We very much welcome National Grid’s role in considering these pylons for undergrounding. The Dwyryd Estuary is already a very special environment and the potential to underground the pylons across it will significantly enhance its natural beauty. These two events will help National Grid gauge the views of local people about the project.”

Hector Pearson, National Grid VIP Project Manager said: “We’re considering potential route corridor options where we feel we could bury the power cables, enabling us to take down some existing pylons.

“We are looking at a range of options and listening to the advice from local experts.  We’re keen to share these plans with the local community and to find out what they think about them.”