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Compulsory Purchase & Compensation

Thu 9 June 2016

At Stags, our professional services team deals with many claims on behalf of our clients, which may arise from a multitude of situations including the installation of:

•          Gas, water, sewer and oil pipeline

•          Underground and overhead electricity lines

·           Capitalisation  for existing equipment

•          New roads

•          Fibre optic cables

•          Telecommunications cables and equipment

Due to the legislation governing compulsory purchase and the rights that utility companies have to acquire assets, we recommend that early professional advice is essential. For property and land owners affected by compulsory purchase an experienced surveyor can advise on the acquisition process, compile a schedule of condition of the assets to be affected and negotiate the relevant compensation, whilst considering other, wider implications such as tax issues.

From our experience, it is considered that the sooner a surveyor is instructed, the less stressful a project can be. An early appointment enables the surveyor to have discussions with the acquiring body often influencing the siting or design of a scheme proposal, agreeing on accommodation works, keeping disturbance to a minimum and of course ensuring that our client gets the appropriate payments and compensation due to them.

It is not only those affected by the compulsory acquisition of land who can claim, claims can also be made by agreement or for damage caused by the repair, maintenance and replacement of existing works.

We provide a comprehensive service covering all aspects of the compulsory purchase process from advising you on your rights, negotiating accommodation works, carrying out representations, objections and public enquiries through to the compilation and negotiation of the claim.

Schemes that we are currently acting on include:

·         the A30 dualing at Bodmin Moor;

·         the proposed extension to Dinan Way, Exmouth;

·         Part I claims for home owners near the South Devon Link Road;

·         pylon and 33KW electricity line capitalisation;

·         easements across neighbours land for solar PV sites and the

·         proposed underground line from Budleigh Salterton to Broadclyst (FAB                 scheme).

In most circumstances, the fees for professional representation are covered by the acquiring authority and as such, all landowners are strongly encouraged to seek professional advice as soon as they become aware of a scheme on their land.

 

For more information please contact either Alex Rew or Daisy Munn at Stags on 01884 235701

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