3rd August 2015

A National Grid proposal to run 400kV cables around the west of Cumbria from Carlisle in the north to Heysham in the south. In the worse-case scenario, this would mean 24km of pylons and overhead lines within the Lake District National Park and 18km of pylons and overhead lines adjacent to it running south from the site of the proposed Moorside nuclear power station adjacent to Sellafield. This would be a huge infrastructure project anywhere in the UK, but to have this length of overhead line with associated 50m tall pylons running through one of England’s most unique, important and well-loved landscapes would be damaging in the extreme to the character of the Lake District National Park. We want to see any cables through the National Park run underground as they have been in other National Parks and AONBs. We are calling on National Grid to ensure that this happens.