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Pipelines, Compulsory Purchase, Compensation, Wayleaves and Easements in Somerset, Devon and Dorset

Compensation, Wayleaves, Easements

Due to a multitude of factors including population growth, new technology and climate change, there is an ever increasing demand for cables, pipelines, roads, railways, masts, pylons, energy schemes and flood defences.

Invariably this work commonly affects farmers and landowners, although it can often affect residential and commercial property owners as well.  

The government, councils, utility companies and other statutory undertakers have powers in law to acquire, access, and take easements and wayleaves over land and property in relation to a large variety of different schemes.  In order to utilise these rights, such authorities will in most cases serve a formal Notice of their intentions on landowners and occupiers.  By seeking the right professional advice from GTH’s experts at the earliest opportunity, affected parties can ensure that they receive a fair level of compensation and a minimum level of disruption.  We will consider all relevant factors in providing our advice and negotiating on behalf of the affected party, including matters such as severance, injurious affection, crop losses and disturbance.  Our breadth of experience in the sector also enables us to ensure landowners and occupiers are able to capitalise on other associated opportunities such as compound sites and beneficial accommodation works. 

In most cases our professional fees will be met by the acquiring party, whether that be a statutory authority or a commercial entity such as a developer.

Our experts are able to provide sound advice to the owners and occupiers of land affected by schemes including water, gas and sewerage pipelines, electricity cables, poles and pylons, fibre optic cables, telecoms masts, road and rail schemes and renewable energy schemes such as wind turbines, anaerobic digesters and solar photo-voltaic farms.

Our expertise includes the following:

  • Water pipelines
  • Sewerage pipelines
  • Gas mains pipelines
  • Underground electricity cables
  • Road schemes (County Councils and Highways Authority)
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders
  • Development Consent Orders (DCO) for National Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP)
  • Part I claims (Land Compensation Act 1973)
  • Park & Ride schemes (County and District Councils)
  • Railway schemes (e.g. Network Rail)
  • Flood Defence schemes (Environment Agency) – e.g. under Water Resources Act 1991
  • Capitalisation of electricity pylons
  • Major electricity infrastructure projects e.g. Hinkley Point
  • Renewable energy projects including solar, wind turbines, and fracking
  • Ministry of Defence works
  • Private easements
  • Representation at Public Enquiries

Providing expert advice in relation to all compulsory purchase and compensation matters throughout Somerset, Devon and Dorset.

Please contact us for a free no obligation initial consultation if you are affected by any of the above.

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