I have found a lot of commentary that the height should be 3.5 m unless it’s in a steel to in which case it’s 3 m. I have also found commentary from an electrical inspector that 2.5 m is acceptable, although I cannot actually find the building regulation or section of the Electrical Regulations 17th edition which refers to it.
If they have consent for the cable to be in place but it isn’t done by deed and registered at the land registry, then the cable exists by way of licence and the licence can be revoked on reasonable notice which would probably be three months in this case. They don’t have a formal easement unless it’s registered at the land registry against the title deeds.
They can acquire an easement by prescription under the Prescription Act if the cable has been in place WITHOUT CONSENT and without objection and not in secret, for over 20 years.
You can see therefore that it is extremely important as to whether there was consent or not and how long the cable has been in place.
Even assuming that they do have the right for the cable to be in place, they have the right for it to be in place where it was (that would include the replacement cable) and not in any other place and if they will not move it back to where it was, you are entitled to apply to court for an injunction to compel them to move it or remove it depending on the circumstances of it being in place.
Check your house insurance to see if you have legal expenses cover that would pay for the cost of this.
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