Project Timeline

What’s been done so far in the New Forest, what is coming up and what will happen if the project is taken forward.

Autumn 2014

A section of overhead line near Hale was identified by an independent study as having a major landscape and visual impact

Winter 2014 – Autumn 2015

National Grid and independent landscape consultants undertook further technical work and considered the detailed input from local stakeholders in the New Forest. This enabled the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Group to prioritise the section of transmission line in September 2015.

Spring 2015

National Grid working with local partners established a Stakeholder Reference Group. The following organisations regularly attend these technical meetings:

  • Environment Agency
  • Forestry Commission
  • National Trust
  • Natural England
  • New Forest National Park Authority
  • New Forest Verderers

Winter 2015 – Summer 2016

National Grid engaged with technical stakeholders and members of the local community.

Autumn – Winter 2016

The VIP project’s Stakeholder Advisory Group reviewed the results of initial environmental surveys, stakeholder feedback and National Grid’s preferred options. The Group recommended that the project should proceed to further development work which will inform the preparation of a planning application.

2017 – 2018

National Grid will be undertaking further environmental, archaeological, socio-economic and geotechnical surveys in the New Forest National Park.  If the project in the scheme near Hale is taken forward to construction, we will carry out formal stakeholder consultation before seeking to secure the necessary planning permissions and other consents likely to be submitted in 2018.

2019 – 2022

Subject to planning approval, construction on the project would start in summer 2019 and would take up to two and a half years to complete (including the removal of the existing line).