We value our long-term relationships with people who have our existing pipelines on their land.
Our land agent team is led by the specialist company Fisher German LLP. The Fisher German team has enjoyed a long working relationship with us and has provided land agency services in connection with our UK pipeline network for more than 30 years.
As part of the application process, there is a legal requirement to identify who owns or has an interest in the land. To make sure the information is as accurate as possible, the Fisher German team has engaged with potentially impacted landowners.
We will continue to talk to landowners following this consultation, when we submit our application for development consent and, if we are successful, during the installation of the replacement pipeline.
The project will require land rights over private land, both long term and short term. We will offer payments to landowners who host our pipeline or provide access during installation in recognition of this. These payments will be made under a temporary access agreement (where we only need to access land and will not be carrying out installation works) or an Easement agreement (considered further below) where we seek more formal rights to allow for the installation and operation of the pipeline.
We will seek to agree the necessary rights from landowners to maintain, operate and inspect the pipeline. These rights are contained in an ‘Easement’ agreement. The agreement places duties on both parties that enable us to work together to ensure the safe operation of the pipeline. One aspect of the Easement is to control and restrict what can take place within the strip of land that lies over the pipeline, in order to prevent damage to the pipeline once it has been laid. This strip of land is just over six metres wide (it extends three metres either side of the pipeline).
We will seek an option agreement for the Easement with landowners before we submit our application for development consent. We would then exercise the option should development consent be granted.
If you require any further information, please contact our land agents Fisher German.