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 – 2019

National Grid undertook further environmental, archaeological, socio-economic and geotechnical surveys to support the development of the VIP project in the New Forest National Park.

March 2019

Following advice from legal experts, the regulator and its independent Stakeholder Advisory Group, National Grid decided to pause work on the New Forest VIP project.

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