Overhead wires removed at entrance to Bath

One of the most attractive entrances to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the World Heritage Site of Bath has been significantly improved thanks to a major project to underground overhead power cables and enhance the landscape of this distinctive part of the Cotswolds.

Over 2,535m of cables and 41 poles have been removed near to the racecourse at Lansdown in Bath and replaced with underground cables. The landscape enhancement scheme was undertaken by Western Power Distribution (WPD) in conjunction with the Cotswolds Conservation Board at a cost of £225,000. This is one of several similar schemes being carried out by WPD in AONBs in the South West, South Wales and the Midlands.

Walkers along the Cotswold Way National Trail will also benefit from the scheme as the disappearance of overhead cables has resulted in unspoiled sweeping views across to the City of Bath.

Christian Hjelm, Consents and Wayleaves Manager for Western Power Distribution said: “This scheme at Bath is one of a number of iconic sites WPD is supporting under the current Ofgem scheme and is a good example of the improvement to the landscape which can be achieved by this undergrounding programme. Western Power Distribution is engaged with AONBS and National Parks throughout its distribution area to achieve similar results at iconic locations such as Bath.

Conservation Board Director, Martin Lane adds: “The Conservation Board is pleased to have worked with WPD to improve the appearance of the Cotswolds landscape at this location, which forms both the entrance to the AONB and the World Heritage Site. The Board is involved with a number of similar schemes in the Cotswolds, all of which will make a significant contribution to enhancing the natural beauty of the Area

A similar scheme was undertaken in Marshfield four years ago and others are being planned across the Cotswolds.


Notes to editors:

  • The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
  • The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: www.landscapesforlife.org.uk