We need to identify and consult with everyone who has an interest in land which may be affected by the development of our project. This will enable us to engage with relevant interested parties appropriately as the project develops. People with an interest in land include not only owners, tenants, occupiers and mortgagees but also anyone who holds registered rights over land, for example, private rights of way, sporting rights or rights to receive payments in respect of land.
We will follow the process set out below to identify those who may be affected and we will use all reasonable endeavours to negotiate the necessary rights through voluntary arrangements.
Non-contact land referencing
We will use public sources of information, such as title registration data from HM Land Registry, to identify people with an interest in land and with whom land rights may need to be negotiated.
Contact land referencing
When preferred sites for the landfall point, converter station and preferred route corridors for the underground cables have all been identified and confirmed, we will seek to contact and meet with every person having an interest in land within the area affected by these elements of the project.
At these meetings, our land agents will seek to identify and confirm all relevant land interests as well as the extent to which they apply within the areas affected by our proposals. At the same time, we will seek to establish full contact details for every person with an interest in land and whether or not they are intending to appoint a land agent and/or solicitor.
We will request this land ownership information from landowners through discussion with them and utilising our standard form.
Land rights required
Once we have identified a final route alignment for the proposed new electricity transmission assets, we will seek to enter into voluntary option agreements and easements with owners, tenants and mortgagees of the land across which the new electricity transmission assets may be constructed.
Working with third party land agents
We will look to work collaboratively with third party land agents acting on behalf of land interests as required.