Hundreds of miles of giant electricity pylon lines are planned to be driven through some of Britain’s finest landscape — including at least two national parks — to serve the growing wind farm industry.
Documents published online by the Government and National Grid show plans for 160ft pylons cutting across Snowdonia, mid-Wales, the Lake District and other unspoilt countryside. Each pylon will be the height of a 15-storey tower block.
The papers outline for the first time the extent of planned pylon development, with a number of previously unpublicised schemes added to existing proposals.
The lines are needed to carry the electricity from wind farms — most in isolated parts of northern and western Britain — to cities further south and east, where most people live.
Massive offshore wind farms in the North Sea will also require transmission lines through rural East Anglia and Lincolnshire to get electricity to consumers in London and the Midlands, the documents show.
Wind farms in the Irish Sea may spawn transmission lines through the Yorkshire Dales or Forest of Bowland. Many existing power lines — currently with smaller, shorter and less intrusive pylons — will be upgraded to the 160ft standard, including some in urban areas.