Utilities

Don’t Way-leave it until the last minute

I am often asked by developer clients, ‘what is a wayleave?’. Commonly land owners and developers will come across this term when dealing with utilities that cross their land. Essentially a wayleave is a personal licence between two parties where the grantor provides rights for the grantee to access their land in order to carry […]

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Is an easement the end of the line?

When landowners and developers establish that there is an easement in place for utilities on their land, their initial assumption is often that the beneficiary of that easement has the right to do whatever they have proposed. However, this is not always the case. Far too often we see landowners agreeing to allow utilities companies […]

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Pylons are to be removed from beauty spots, but should NG be prioritising development sites?

Following reports in The Times and The Telegraph yesterday regarding proposals by National Grid to remove pylons from beauty spots around the UK our Director of Easements and Wayleaves Charles Hamer suggests that removing overhead lines and pylons from development sites should also be prioritised.

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Media Release: National Grid mail shot – don’t get caught out

Landowners across the UK are being urged to ‘think twice’ before signing documents that could potentially limit the value of their land if it is to be developed. National Grid has issued letters to landowners where its infrastructure – such as pylons – is situated on their property, as part of an exercise to update […]

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Recent Case Law Affecting Developers

Arnold White Estates Ltd -v- National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc Disputes relating to wayleaves are rarely seen in the national press.  Even when a payment is made to a landowner for a span of wires in excess of £5 million even then it does not create a major stir.  Added to that is the dispute being […]

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