Development near electricity lines and cables
Development near electricity lines and cables

The following Property guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Development near electricity lines and cables
  • What options exist for development sites?
  • Re-routing of the line/cable or substation
  • Replacement of an overhead line with underground cables
  • Guideline criteria
  • Electricity line to remain in place

What options exist for development sites?

On acquiring land for development, a developer must consider what electricity lines and cables exist under or above the site and any impact this will have on the development.

Lines cables or substations can run above or through the middle of the site. The developer must agree with the usually relevant electricity company to:

  1. re-route the line/cable or substation

  2. agree a replacement of an overhead line with underground cables

  3. retain the line/cable and design the development around them

Re-routing of the line/cable or substation

In order for a line cable or substation to be removed or re-routed