A new nuclear power station planned for Cumbria is one of the schemes flagged up by campaigners calling on the Government to do more to protect England’s national parks. A new report says that the Moorside plan and associated pylons would impact on the Lake District National Park, and may affect its bid for World Heritage Site status. The Campaign for National Parks, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the National Trust have commissioned the research which they say shows that short-term economic priorities are resulting inappropriate developments in national parks. Conducted by Sheffield Hallam University, the study looked at national policy to restrict “major development” in national parks. It found that interpretations of major development vary between areas, and planning decisions often reflect the Government “mood” at the time, with policy changes that lean toward economic growth rather than environmental protection.
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The Lake District National Park is currently bidding for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. “A planned nuclear power station and linked electricity pylons would impact the setting of the park, and while it is currently proposed to underground power lines within the park itself, this is still subject to final approval.” – REPORT, SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY
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Electricity giants National Grid have been urged to explain how building a tunnel head at Middleton would affect the lives of homeowners who live just 40m away. The works close to the Middleton electrical substation would be part of a new £2.8bn power line under Morecambe Bay. The new connection – including 163km of overhead lines and underground cables from Harker near Carlisle to Heysham and a tunnel under the Bay between Middleton and Roosecote in Barrow – would connect a new station at Moorside near Sellafield to the electricity network. But Lancaster City Council has revealed major worries about the Middleton end of the project.
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