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    Rich67
    Overhead power line compensation.
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    • 25th Dec 11, 10:20 PM
    Overhead power line compensation. 25th Dec 11 at 10:20 PM
    Hi All,

    I had a letter a few days ago regarding compensation for power lines that cross over my house.

    This was from a company called PCC who claimed to have been acting for the previous owner and been very close to the end of the claim after the previous owner had an offer.

    I have since moved in around 3 months ago and they advise that I am entitled to this payment.

    First I phoned up the electric company direct who confirmed this was the case and after numerous callback I spoke to the man who was handiling the case and he advised the power company had offered 4173.

    He did advise that I would have an easement with the electric company and they would then have permission to run the power lines over the house he also added that the likly hood of getting the moved or removed was next to none.

    I then phoned PCC who advisd that they would charge 1000 for there services so I would get 3173 but the man at the electric compnay did advise I can apoint my own solicitor and they would pay reasonable costs meaning I would get the full amount.

    So my question is has anyone on here heard off or done this before and if yes what restrictions adds to your property.
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    • Moneyineptitude
    • By Moneyineptitude 4th Mar 18, 5:06 PM
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    Moneyineptitude
    Can anyone recommend a solicitor that might be able to help ?
    Originally posted by MC123
    Since any such recommendation would simply be advertising, the answer is no.

    I'd also beware of responding to any unsolicited private messages you may have received as a result of your request here on the forum.

    You could approach a local solicitor of your own choosing, but I doubt you'd get far because you'd be fighting an uphill battle trying to get the lines removed with the statutory powers the utility companies have.

    I'm certain any solicitor will therefore advise against submitting a compensation claim..
    Last edited by Moneyineptitude; 11-06-2018 at 11:28 PM.
    • xclare
    • By xclare 17th Apr 18, 10:11 PM
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    xclare
    Hi All,
    We have just purchased a property with a wooden electrical pole in the garden and 4 wires coming from it over our property. I have emailed uk power networks regarding claiming but I'm just wondering if people who have had pay-outs could give me a guide of the sort of money you can get ? Are we talking 10's or 1,000's? Thank you
    • selfhelp
    • By selfhelp 19th Apr 18, 9:02 AM
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    selfhelp
    I have a wooden pole at the top of my property and one at the bottom. The power cable runs diagonally across my property for around 60 metres. There was and is no wayleave agreement in place either with the previous owner who had lived there all her life (90 yrs) or myself (11yrs).

    I first contacted SSE around 2 and a half years ago and to date they've done nothing asides from sending 2 guys out who told me it was nothing to do with them. I've had a few mobile numbers given me but no one ever answers and I've advised SSE it's a magnet to wood pigeons and I'm continuously cleaning the mess especially from my vehicles, conservatory roof and so on. I also emailed on numerous occasions the legal dept at SSE, while they admit it's not good enough they also seem unable to motivate anyone to address the issue.

    I think the networks can just stick 2 fingers up to you as I see it there is no legal or ombudsman process in place that compels them to act and from experience another couldn't give a stuff corporate. Anyone had any experience of SSE and if so how did it pan out. I've discounted getting a lawyer involved due to cost and wondered whether a consumer or individual can obtain a court order and if so how do you go about it.
    • bims
    • By bims 22nd Apr 18, 12:26 PM
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    bims
    Update:
    So we have been offered 1% of their value of our property. They have valued it at 30% less than other local agents who say the fact the pole and line would roughly affect around a 5% or so loss of value doesn't really cut it. So I have no idea where they people get 2% - 5% from. In effect we've been offered 0.6%. So funny enough we've rejected it and they've said ok, we'll close the case then!
    How shitty of WPD is that. And of course our remaining options are. Erm, zilch.
    Remove pole. Not possible.
    Put underground. Not possible and our cost anyhow.
    Move pole to less intrusive part of garden. Our cost.
    Seems to me whether you use an agent or not they hold all the cards.
    • Nasqueron
    • By Nasqueron 22nd Apr 18, 1:33 PM
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    Nasqueron
    Update:
    So we have been offered 1% of their value of our property. They have valued it at 30% less than other local agents who say the fact the pole and line would roughly affect around a 5% or so loss of value doesn't really cut it. So I have no idea where they people get 2% - 5% from. In effect we've been offered 0.6%. So funny enough we've rejected it and they've said ok, we'll close the case then!
    How shitty of WPD is that. And of course our remaining options are. Erm, zilch.
    Remove pole. Not possible.
    Put underground. Not possible and our cost anyhow.
    Move pole to less intrusive part of garden. Our cost.
    Seems to me whether you use an agent or not they hold all the cards.
    Originally posted by bims
    Did you buy the house with the pole there?

    Did it reduce the value of the house vs houses that didn't have the pole?

    If so, why did you turn down the offer?
    • bims
    • By bims 22nd Apr 18, 1:40 PM
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    bims
    We bought the house with the pole already there.
    We turned it down as they valued the house at 33% less then 3 other agents.
    We know from talking to other people what they have been offered and this is way short of similar examples. So they are trying to stitch us up by going direct.
    Plus we didn't agree on the impact. We said it was severe as the pole is 6M from our new house we have built. They say it based on the older house which is 100M away.
    Either way based on other compensation claims their acting agent is wrong.
    I've not put in a complaint to WPD direct to see what they say.
    • fwor
    • By fwor 22nd Apr 18, 2:21 PM
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    fwor
    Plus we didn't agree on the impact. We said it was severe as the pole is 6M from our new house we have built. They say it based on the older house which is 100M away.
    Originally posted by bims
    I suspect you should have accepted their offer. If you built the new house in the knowledge of how close an existing pole is to it, I don't see any independent arbitrator accepting that as the basis for proximity.

    I should however declare a financial interest - I'm an electricity bill payer, and I'm not over-eager to have to pay extra on my bill so that my supplier can settle unreasonable/unrealistic compo claims!
    • ruthie52
    • By ruthie52 25th Apr 18, 4:28 PM
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    ruthie52
    Can anyone advise please?
    I contacted Western Power because there is a low voltage pole and stay on my land and had an immediate reply. It was confirmed that there was no wayleave and that I was entitled to apply. I was given the payment rates for annual payment, a 10 and 15 year payment and I was entitled to 6 years back payment. I have owned the land for 22 years.
    I further inquired about easement and was told that they do not do that for low voltage poles.
    I also queried the 6 years back-payment and was told that it was the maximum they pay out. I've read in one thread on this website that someone got 10 years back payment.
    Can anyone throw any light on this please?
    • M_Lloyd
    • By M_Lloyd 11th Jun 18, 4:41 PM
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    M_Lloyd
    Hi. Six years is the most you can back-date as it's the Statute of Limitations legal time period. I would be surprised if any longer is agreed. In any case like this you could seek advice from your local Chartered Surveyor or Land Agent.
    • gingerstark
    • By gingerstark 6th Aug 18, 11:07 AM
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    gingerstark
    Thomson Broadbent now charge 20% letter dated 07/2018
    • Grey2
    • By Grey2 18th Aug 18, 9:43 AM
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    Grey2
    Supply to my neighbour
    I have received numerous communications from Thomas Broadbent. I don't mind them taking their commission, but am a little wary of signing up to their Terms and Conditions. Is there any small print whereby I could finish up having to pay them more than I get, or with charges for anything in the event of a failed claim?

    I only have 1 power cable running across my property to my neighbours house, which is unsightly, but not the end of the world. is it worth pursuing?
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