Residents have been invited to have their say on plans to remove eight km of electricity pylons and replace them with underground cables.

The plans aim to enhance the landscape near the villages of Martinstown and Winterbourne Abbas by reducing the visual impact caused by electricity pylons in a Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

National Grid first put the plans forward in 2015, and have since refined their plans with advice from local experts and the initial feedback from the local community.

A spokesman from National Grid said: “To date, the majority of local people who have visited our drop-in events and fed back online have indicated their support for the project in principle provided we minimise disruption and protect the environment during construction.

“Now that more detailed proposals have now been developed, local people have another opportunity to share their views and hear more about how the construction will be managed before a detailed planning application is submitted to West Dorset District Council before the end of the year.”

Jean Dunseith, the county councillor for Martinstown and Winterbourne has ‘encouraged’ residents to have attend the consultation.

She said: “It is important for residents to go to the meeting and find out all about what National Grid are planning to do and to become informed. I will make sure that I will go to these public meetings and encourage them to do the same.”

At the consultation residents will be able to access information on the proposed timings and phases of the project, and measures that will be put in place to minimise any potential disruption for the local community during construction.

Residents will also be able to see the updated plans, including images of what the landscape will look like when the electricity pylons are removed. Members of National Grid’s team will also be available to answer questions and discuss the plans in detail.

The drop-in sessions will be held between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday at Martinstown Village Hall, and between 10am to 4pm on Saturday at Winterbourne Valley CE VA First School.