We have a plot near Bury St.Edmiunds, slightly odd shape but roughly running north / south with an electricity pole in thenorth east corner. From the pole an underground 240V single phase supply has been run to the local village hall with the cable running approx 600mm off our eastern boundary for approx 1/2 the length of the site c25 / 30m then going off across our neighbours land to the east. The cable has an easement agreement which was made by the previous owner which effectively means that an area 2m either side of the cable run can’t be built on (indeed if taken absolutely strictly you can’t do anything on it, even garden). The footprint of our new build will encroach onto this exclusion zone in the north east corner of the footpring, literally the corner comes to about 1m away from the cable so a total area of encroachement fo 3 to 4m2 at the most. Originally our Architect didn’t seem to think this would even be an issue but more recently I was advised to contact Network Power as it could be a problem later if we hadn’t told them, I took some legal advise which supported this so we’ve approached Network Power asking them to vary the easement and making it clear that we would be willing to undertake any reasonable measures to enable this, i.e. deeper foundations, bridging or ducting of the cable to ensure no stress is imposed onto the cable. Their response has been a categoric no with no explanation of why this should be, only reiterating that the terms of the easement wouldn’t allow this. Can you advise us if there is a better way of approaching this, we’d really like to reach a compromise and going back to the drawing board now when we’re about to go out to tender will cost us time and money and most likely mean reapplying for planning if we have to move the house footprint on the site all of which seems disproportionate when LV cables like this are regualarly laid in a lot closer proximity to buildings and other services in urban areas. Is there anything we can do, an ombudsman etc? Thanks for any advice or help you can offer. Kind regards. Pete Millie (Frustrated of Cambridgeshire).