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Mary O’Connor presents her role as a Special Advisor for National Grid VIP


Being the LI Rep on the Stakeholder Advisory Group for National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision project I have been the LI’s Rep on this SAG since 2014 and, as I hand over to Sue Sljivic, this event is an opportunity to share some of the interesting and exciting activities of this role:
  • learning about how a regulator (Ofgem) works
  • working with other reps from national park and AONB associations, the statutory bodies for landscape and heritage, interest groups such as Ramblers, CPRE and CPRW, etc, and chaired by Chris Baines
  • contributing to the process to identify projects for investment of the £0.5bn “provision” to ameliorate the effects of overhead powerline infrastructure on landscape and visual amenity.

I will give a flavour of how we got to the four major engineering schemes that are the focus of first phase investment, and what they comprise, and the other landscape projects that spun-off from it.

Mary O’Connor FLI

Mary O’Connor has over 40 years' experience in landscape architecture, 25 years based in Cardiff with Tetratech (formerly WYG), and in Ireland before that. She has been involved in landscape studies and the planning, design and implementation of development projects. She specialised in landscape planning, landscape and visual impact assessment, and expert witness at public inquiries. She has enjoyed varied professional experience in residential, industrial, minerals and waste, and renewable energy projects, advising both developers and planning authorities. Mary has been active in the Landscape Institute and, currently, with her local Wales Branch. As Honorary Secretary, she was instrumental in the petition for LI’s Royal Charter. She was a member of the Advisory Panel for the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment 2010 - 2020, and until recently, the LI’s representative for the

National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision, aimed at mitigating adverse effects of energy infrastructure on designated landscape


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