North West landowners are being urged to take advantage of compensation opportunities offered by National Grid for the electricity provisions that need to be constructed for the new nuclear power station in West Cumbria.
The power station requires new electricity lines which will mean new equipment such as pylons will need to be built across 102 miles of land in the North West region. Public consultations giving people the opportunity to comment on the technologies that will be used to build the connection and where equipment will be located are due to end at the middle of January, with the first preferred route work starting soon after this.
Talking about the project, Tim Michie, a rural practice surveyor at George F. White, said: “By the end of January, National Grid is hoping to start its initial archaeological digs on the land that the pylons will be erected on. At this point, it’s wise that landowners start looking at initial compensation claims for issues including damage and disturbance, crop loss and reinstatement. Where National Grid apparatus, such as pylons, directly cross private property, landowners are entitled to one-off or annual compensation payments in exchange for land use and access for maintenance.”
Michie continued: “By the summer, National Grid will be looking to agree heads of terms with affected landowners for entry and right of access onto their land to construct necessary apparatus and use required equipment which is where the exact details of the compensation package can be agreed and put into writing. We want to make landowners fully aware of their compensation entitlement and we strongly advise that they start negotiations with National Grid early in the New Year so that they’re fully up to date with what financial compensation they could potentially receive.”
If you would like some advice or help in dealing with National Grid regards what compensation you could be entitled to if your land is affected, please contact Tim Michie on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01665 511992.