Case Study - Overhead Electricity Cable Compensation

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2006

In summer of 2009 Kirkby & Diamond were instructed by the owner of a residential property in Borehamwood, Herts.

The client had acquired the property earlier that year.  The property was a 1960’s three bedroom semi-detached house with a sizeable garden.  Across the bottom corner of part of the garden there was a line of electricity cables.

Kirkby & Diamond’s surveyors approached the electricity company and submitted a claim for compensation.  The claim was based on a percentage of the value of the property – and therefore the higher the value of the property, then potentially the higher the claim.  Terms were subsequently agreed and solicitors instructed.

We were able to agree the claim at nearly £10,000.  All costs were paid by the electricity company.

In 2010 we acted for the owner of a 3 bedroom bungalow in rural Bedfordshire. The property included land used for horse grazing and a line of electricity cables crossed overhead. The cables were over 90m away from the dwelling.

We agreed compensation of £25,000. In completing the legal documentation it was necessary to address a number of site specific issues as well as more general ones. Specialist advice should be sought to protect the landowners interest and long term aspirations.

The process can be relatively quick but detailed legal enquiries may be required to ensure there are no pre-existing agreements for the electricity equipment.  This, and negotiations over the documentation, can delay the process.  It is conceivable, most discussions can be concluded and compensation paid in 4-6 months.