Brief
– Review the location of point of connection in relation to Section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989.
– Undertake Land Registry searches and review all – Title information
– Undertake highways searches to identify requirements under Section 50 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) and recognise any ransom strips
– Carry out of desktop MAGIC searches to assess environmental constraints.
– Review aspects of planning consent
– Carry out searches to identify any consents required from the Environment Agency
– Agree terms with the relevant interests
– Complete legal plans for all relevant agreements
– Review of Section 50 notices under NRSWA
– Instruct and assist with the legal processes to facilitate completion of agreements

Risks & Constraints
– Conflicting objectives of PV developers and private landowners not directly benefitting from development
– Ecology
– Crossing of main rivers
– Road crossings
– Conflict with other utilities installed in the path of the cable route
– Delays in legal processes could hinder farm being connected to the grid in time to receive higher rate for Feed-in- Tariff.

Solutions
– Effective liaison and communication with the PV developer, landowners and all other interested parties
– Regular updates provided to our client
– Regular clarification of instructions to effectively achieve objectives of project
– Clear and logical process for obtaining consents and consulting government bodies
– Responsive correspondence with all parties
– Completing legal plans to a Land Registry-compliant standard to avoid future complications, confusion and potential delays

Project Information

Client: Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD)

Location: Hampshire

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