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What are wayleave compensation payments for electricity wayleaves and what happens if they can’t be agreed?

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Published on LexisPSL on 05/05/2016

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  • What are wayleave compensation payments for electricity wayleaves and what happens if they can’t be agreed?
  • Compulsory grant of wayleave—statutory compensation

What are wayleave compensation payments for electricity wayleaves and what happens if they can’t be agreed?

Any holder of a licence under the Electricity Act 1989 (EA 1989) is deemed to be a statutory undertaker and his undertaking a statutory undertaking for specified purposes if the statutory conditions are fulfilled.

Compulsory grant of wayleave—statutory compensation

EA 1989 authorises bodies authorised to generate, transport or supply electricity to acquire a wayleave to install an electric line on, under or over private land, together with rights of access for inspection, maintenance and replacement. The wayleave arises where the owner or occupier fails to respond to a notice requiring him to grant the wayleave or gives it subject to conditions unacceptable to the electricity company. The electricity company may request the

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