Eyesore power lines and pylons to be removed from Yate estate
THREE “eyesore” overhead pylons which dominate a housing estate in Yate are finally set to be removed.
Western Power has confirmed its plans to replace the pylons over the Brimsham Park estate with underground cabling in 2022.
The work is an extension of plans to replace overhead power lines with underground cables on land to the north where construction of a large, new “community” development is underway.
The entire 1.2km underground cabling project is being paid for by Barratt Homes, which is behind the new development in North Yate.
The “undergrounding” of the overhead lines on the land where the Ladden Garden Village is being built was a requirement of the planning consent granted by South Gloucestershire Council.
But it did not include three remaining pylons on the same stretch of cabling over the Brimsham Park estate.
So Yate mayor Karl Tomasin contacted Western Power, which negotiated the extension with Barratt Homes.
Announcing the extension, Mr Tomasin said the power company had confirmed it would be working on an “underground solution” from its Brimham substation to the substation supplying Chipping Sodbury, with an “indicative” timescale of 2022 for completion.
He said: “Western Power have been working really hard to get a solution – even during lockdown they were on the case.
“I am relieved we now have a target date.
“Residents have put up with this for far too long.”
A spokeswoman for Western Power said the power lines that will go underground are part of the local electricity network connected to Chipping Sodbury substation, which provides electricity to 49,800 homes and businesses.
Picture: Pylon and power lines at Eastfield Drive
The Ladden Garden Village will have a separate power supply, she said.
Once completed, Ladden Garden Village will have more than 2,000 homes as well as a primary school, nursery, health centre, local shops, and 32 acres of open space and sports pitches.
Ian Menham, Barratt Developments’ West regional director, said: “The undergrounding of overhead cables at Ladden Garden Village will enable us to develop part of the site that wouldn’t have been possible for development otherwise.
“After several years of negotiations between Barratt and Western Power, we are pleased that this work, which has been welcomed by local residents, can now go ahead.”
South Gloucestershire Council member Steve Reade, cabinet member for planning, transport and strategic environment, said: “We have always been aware of the importance to the community that this is carried out and therefore moving the pylons underground has always been a key priority in the development of Ladden Garden Village.
“In circumstances such as this where there are ongoing negotiations between Western Power and the developer to realise the council’s planning requirement, the council does not have a role in the commercial discussions that take place.”
By Amanda Cameron, Local Democracy Reporting Service