Ground investigation surveys across Hale Purlieu to commence

Ground investigation surveys will begin in the New Forest National Park in November, to inform plans which could see a 3km section of overhead line that runs across Hale Purlieu replaced with underground cables.

The work, which will run for a period of approximately four weeks, is to support National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project – a major initiative to reduce the visual impact of existing overhead electricity transmission lines in protected areas across England and Wales.

Mott MacDonald and Structural Soils Ltd, contractors acting on National Grid’s behalf, will be carrying out the surveys.   The locations have been agreed with Natural England, the New Forest National Park Authority, the National Trust, the Forestry Commission and the Verderers of the New Forest.

The surveys will help to identify any issues that might affect the section of Hale Purlieu through which the proposed underground cable route runs.

The results of the surveys will support the development of detailed technical plans, which will be included in a planning application due to be submitted in spring 2019.  The submission of this application will be subject to full public consultation, and members of the local community will be invited to view and share their thoughts on the proposals.

If you would like more information, then please get in touch with the VIP community relations team on FREEPHONE 0330 134 0051 or by email visualimpact@nationalgrid.com.