Unaware of pylon compensation owed

New research by land and property specialists George F. White has revealed that landowners could be owed thousands in pylon damage and disturbance compensation.

The majority of electricity pylons are in place under a temporary right (a wayleave agreement) between the landowner and electricity distributor. The landowner in turn receives an annual payment which is deemed to reflect the detrimental impact to agricultural activities that pylons have by being on or over their land. However, electricity distributors may offer one-time only payments to obtain permanent rights to keep pylons on land which many landowners take without realising how much extra they’re entitled to.

Robert Moore, of George F. White said: “Our research shows that, overall, the compensation amount payable should be much higher than the current amounts being issued for permanent rights. Electricity distributors often capitalise annual wayleave payments, meaning landowners receive a one-off imbursement that, as our research has revealed, is a lot less than what they should be getting.”

The research focused on a four mile stretch of pylons and assessed seven registered land titles. It looked at how the land title as a whole was affected and, by understanding how the legislation works in practice, a compensation payment for the loss in value of the land was calculated to be much higher, rather than just capitalising annual payments alone. One land title went from a probable payment of £15,697 using the capitalisation approach to a possible compensation payment of over £230,000.