Sorting the groundwork on Cotswolds VIP

A programme of ground investigation works has begun across a broad area on the Cotswold Plateau. The work will take place in locations where we are looking for a potential route for the underground cables that will replace ~18 pylons which we plan to remove from the landscape. The work will enhance our detailed knowledge of the local geology and help inform the planning application for National Grid’s Cotswolds Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project.

Over the coming weeks in a number of locations pre-agreed with landowners, contractors working on behalf of National Grid will be carrying out a range of surveys across the plateau from Ham Road in the south towards Postlip Mill in the north.

The work, which will include digging some small bore holes and taking core samples, will help us to identify additional environmental considerations and help inform our planning application. The surveys do not signal that construction has begun.

Please don’t be surprised therefore if you see some of our vehicles and teams in hi vis jackets out and about in the local area.

We have been granted consent by the relevant landowners for this activity where required, and National Grid will continue to work with organisations including the Cotswolds National Landscape and the Cotswold Way National Trail & Access Partnership, to ensure all necessary permissions are obtained.

We will be using small vehicles and sticking to farm tracks wherever possible.  Together with our contractors and subcontractors, we aim to complete the work with the least disruption to local residents and visitors to the area as possible.

If you would like more information, then please get in touch with the VIP project team by emailing us at [email protected] or calling 0330 134 0051 (and leaving a message if prompted).