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Further consultation on National Grid pylon plans

National Grid has announced a series of events to further explain its plans to build pylons from Avonmouth in Bristol to Hinkley Point in west Somerset.

The move comes after the energy company was urged to rethink its public consultation by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

The first phase of consultation prompted 2,000 feedback forms, 1,100 e-mails and letters and 100 phone calls.

National Grid said it would announce the new events shortly.

The IPC, the body that will ultimately decide if the 151ft (46m) pylons can be erected, had advised National Grid to explain why running the cables underground or in the Bristol Channel would not be possible.

David Mercer, the energy company's major project manager, said: "In response to these concerns, we have decided to provide both written information and further opportunities for local people to meet the project team, and would welcome further public comments."

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