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    I'm Barry and I work in retail design (in-store customer experience).
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  1. The saga continues... We're now around 10-11 months into the process and believed we were almost at the finish line however a final issue is now threatening to derail things entirely. To recap: - we own a double plot with plot A containing an old bungalow and plot B wrapping it on two sides (see attached, red plot = A and blue plot = B) - we have an HV overhead line essentially crossing at the middle boundary with an off-shoot that cuts through plot A diagonally (marked green). Neither line supplies our property or any of our neighbours. - the main east-west HV route is entirely over-sailing, with a pole on our immediate neighbours land and the other about 100m away from our boundary in the farm field. - the off-shoot has two poles, both on our land, one at the NE corner and another at the SW corner. This is the one we want removed/buried as it cuts through where we want to build our new house. There's an existing wayleave between UKPN and the previous owners with a 6mo termination clause. - original quote was in excess of £30k to underground the route along the orange marked line but we finally had the DNO agree to cover all costs in exchange for easements for both the over-sailing line and the new underground route; all good and we agreed to this to avoid serving notice and risking them applying for a compulsory wayleave. - fast forward a few months and we finally got the Heads of Terms through. Unfortunately the proposed terms would allow them to "erect, supplement and maintain" new overheads, inc. supports along the easements if they so wish in the future. Not an option for me and clearly defeats the purpose of what we're trying to achieve. - I was told "no negotiation" initially but eventually managed to get them to agree to remove the clauses after 3-4 weeks of emails back-and-forth - result! - next stage, Deeds of Easement were finally shared however a brand new clause had appeared disallowing me to lay any cable, conduit or pipe "across, under or above" the area marked in orange. Arghh! So this is where we currently find ourselves. As the easement completely separates plot A from plot B it means one of my major build requirements - ground-based solar PV in the NW corner of plot B - would no longer be viable as there would be no way to connect it up to the main house. It also precludes all sort of other things we or a future owner might want to do further down the line and would inherently devalue the land IMO. I've asked if they can allow some kind of crossing area, clearly marked above ground with signage and at whatever max depth they tell me but I'm curious if crossing underground HV is an absolute no-go and I'm just fighting a losing battle here? The alternative would be going all the way around the outside of plot B, however that comes with it's own issues such as not being able to put any sheds or other structures against the boundaries for example, so again not an ideal scenario!
  2. When we first bought our donor bungalow we had lots of scratching/scampering noises at night in the ground floor ceiling cavity. We put poison down and about a week later started to notice a pretty horrible smell but couldn't pinpoint where it was coming from. Fast forward a few days and we had flies *everywhere*. I'd say at least 1000 over the course of 7-10 days. We had to block off our downstairs toilet at one point as this seemed to be their primary route into the house (from behind a built-in mirror) and we'd wake up to swarms in there trying to get out through gaps around the door. Long story short, if it's anything bigger than a mouse you might have some trouble ahead - we had rats according to the pest chap, no idea how many but the aftermath would indicate a few at least!
  3. It looks like I spoke too soon, the heads of terms arrived in the post today for our works and - surprise, surprise - the DNO has included easements to "erect, use, maintain and supplement overhead lines and supports" along the agreed path as well as the underground grants. This is obviously not what was agreed as the whole purpose is to underground everything, not give them a permanent right to do the opposite at their will. A few rounds of email followed and it appears that they're not willing to negotiate so I'm deciding on next steps. I think it will involve terminating the existing wayleave (signed by the previous owner so may not even be active), serving notice to remove equipment and then fighting against any compulsory wayleave action they take. As I've been cooperative all the way as well as provided an alternative route I hope that will go in my favour if things do go legal.
  4. I was quoted £35k+VAT by our DNO to underground around 120m of overhead HV that bisect our plot. In the end we came to an agreement that they foot the entire cost in exchange for an easement - my neighbours were also on board, which always helps, and the underground works will now extend into adjoining plots so no need for anything above ground/visible on our plot at all now. What are the terms of your wayleave? ours had a 6-month termination clause but we also had a bargaining chip that the cables were actually lower than they should be so I'm not sure how much that swayed the decision with the DNO. I don't imagine nearby trees would make any difference tbh, our wayleave gives them access to come in and assess/chop down anything deemed problematic (which they do regularly). Don't assume they will automatically opt to seek a compulsory wayleave though - have they said they would?. As long as you're being supportive and providing options that should be a last resort for them I would imagine as their network relies on land owners being cooperative and keeping good relationships.
  5. It will all depend on the block size and whether you have many empty blocks to seek, I'm guessing you probably had very few. Here's the results from a ~100GB partition with ~80GB free on my machine with and without conv=sparse: bgm@wintermute ~ % du -sh *.dd 12G sparse.dd 98G test.dd
  6. dd if=/dev/sda of=zorin.img bs=512 conv=sparse
  7. I would also leave the CMOS battery out for ~60 mins at least. I've even had laptops that took several hours for the capacitors to fully discharge in the past.
  8. A little update on this: The Wayleave was eventually found a couple of days before we exchanged which stated a 6-month termination period from either party. After a quick visit from a nice chap at UKPN, they've agreed to underground the cables entirely at their own cost along the boundary in exchange for an easement - which is fair enough - so a good outcome all told.
  9. @JSHarris @ProDave thanks for you help. Once I have the Wayleave terms I can start some negotiations with UKPN - I had also read that the clearance had to be 3.7m and I'm pretty certain the cables are already within this so, as you say, that might be a good starting point for discussions.
  10. @JSHarris I believe it's HV, is there any way to tell just from the visual appearance? I think I might need to just wait until the Wayleave terms surface so i can see if I can serve notice or not. There's nothing on the title for plot A (the house) but I can't find the adjacent plot on Land Registry as I don't think it's ever been sold before.
  11. I'm in the process of purchasing two adjoining plots. Plot A has a dwelling on it that we're going to be knocking down to make way for a new build; plot B wraps plot A and is currently agricultural land that will eventually become an extended garden. There are two wooden electricity poles that sit entirely on plot B, but the cables themselves span diagonally over plot A. Due to cable sag, they actually sit within about 3.5 metres of the roof of the property (specifically over a small single story side extension built ~10 years ago) which appears to be a lot closer than should be permitted. This is directly in the way of where we want the new (much taller) property to sit. I've been in comms with UK Power Networks to get the cables buried along the boundary instead, and this is where things start to get a bit hairy: They've quoted £27,000 + VAT for the works. The is with me doing all groundwork in preparation - they want another £8,000 + VAT to do it all. Total distance of buried cable would be ~120 metres. UKPN has confirmed that there's a Wayleave in place but strangely cannot seem to find a copy on their systems anywhere and therefore cannot tell me what the terms are (or even if it's voluntary). The sellers also cannot find a copy of the Wayleave so we're at a bit of a stalemate until it materialises. What's my next move here? the quote seems totally excessive to me but I assume UKPN can charge whatever they want as there are no alternatives? Thanks.