Wayleaves and Easements
This page answers some frequently-asked questions for members whose land is affected by wayleaves or easements owned or proposed by public utility companies.
The word wayleave is used in this page to describe an annually renewed right of use by apparatus over or under someone else’s land for which payment is made. For example, electricity companies may put pylons on your land and give you rent.
An easement is used here to describe a permanent right a person, company or statutory body has over land they do not own. For example, a gas company may put a pipeline through your land. It may make a single lump payment for this. Often no payment is made for an easement – it may already exist when you buy the land.
For advice on easements which are rights of way, rather than for apparatus, members should see the public access pages in the policy section.
Members should log on to see the advice below on pipes or apparatus carrying electricity, telecommunications, gas/oil or sewage/water across their land. These utilities are covered by different laws and payment rates. Our advice includes links to current agreed payment rates. The CLA, with other farming organisations, negotiates standard agreements on terms. You are not bound by them, - your circumstances may be unusual - but they are intended to help you.
Those who then have further questions are welcome to contact the CLA for further help. Please contact your regional office first. Members should always also seek paid professional help before they make any decision which may involve financial loss.
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