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  1. Good morning! I'm new to this group but it looks like a wealth of knowledge so I'm hoping to be able to glean some of it! My partner, who is a recently retired builder, and I are looking to buy our first house together and want a project! The house we are interested in is a new build but unfinished. What puts me off is a large old style steel electricity pylon (PV 70 it says?) that overshadow the house, although it is outside the boundary. The cables run over the land. There is also a wooden pole carrying HV cables i think, which is in the garden. I am trying to find out more about the feasibility of removing the steel pylon and putting the cables underground, but I haven't had much success yet! We don't know whether to put an offer in on the house or not because of this issue. My gut feeling is that it would be too expensive to get rid of the pylon. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of this? I'd be very grateful for thoughts. Thank you.
  2. Greetings I have a pole carrying overhead cables in my garden which I wish to re-route underground for a variety of reasons. UKPN has quoted an inordinate amount of money which does not even include the digging and conduits. I understand that there is a perspective in which they will pay for everything including the ducting. I bought this house 18 months ago and the wayleave they had regarding the pole has now expired. Does anyone have experience of getting UKPN to do this at their expense? Many thanks Claudia
  3. Had a nightmare with overhead power cables when the side extension was about to start. Full story on ebuild for anyone wanting background: http://www.ebuild.co.uk/topic/16812-high-voltage-power-cable-passing-over-extension/page__hl__overhead So extension is now up, and scaffolding has all been removed and I now want the damn cables removed (11Kv) as they're still a liability if I wanted to start fishing from the balcony or the kids decided to fly a kite from the garden. There is/was a wayleave agreement but this was acknowledged to be void as it mentions parties that no longer reside/own the respective lands that are impacted by the cables. Badly worded in the 1970s, but good in my favour now. So I've just informed the power company that I want them to start the (no doubt lengthy) process of removing them. They'd already indicated 2 years ago that they *could* underground them in an adjacent field around my property to the adjacent sub station. Seems this has been discuseed a few times on ebuild and BH, e.g. but in most cases it appears it's the self builder having to cough up. I'm sure they will try and come back to me with a cost I have to meet, but as there is no valid agreement between both parties I don't see how they could expect me to pay. Not involved any legal bods yet and don't wish to if I can help it. My main question is how long can I be expected to wait for them to actually start the work? I thought I had previously read somewhere that legally they have to have the work completed within 12months after agreement has been made that the work is to be undertaken, but I can't find that article now. Is there a legal boot up the backside that I can rely on, as no doubt they will drag this out as it's going to be a costly affair as they will have to underground around 500m. I did already refused entry for one of their contracted tree cutters to prune some of the trees on my plot as I knew they would sit on my request even longer if they had managed to prune the trees to industry guidelines. I don't like playing difficult but I may be in a better position if my trees are about to take down their lines (I better get by PV batteries ordered!). Although I expect they can get a legal order to prune them if needed. Thanks, OB
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