Piblinell Carbon Deuocsid HyNet North West

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Piblinell Carbon Deuocsid HyNet

Derbyniwyd 13/01/2023
Gan Fisher German LLP on behalf of Messrs H W Oultram & Co, Miss C Oultram & Messrs S & A Oultram


1. Notwithstanding the number and extent of intrusive and non intrusive surveys undertaken on the subject land, there is no clear indication as to the exact line of the pipeline and the associated easement. This uncertainty causes concern to the landowner/occupier and it is not acceptable that they have been requested to enter into agreements with such uncertainty as to the rights that will be taken through the property and limits the ability to plan and make long term decisions for the subject property. 2. The requirement for an easement width of 24m is excessive and has not been justified. This potentially sterilizes a large area through the subject property and where relevant will prevent appropriate development and restrict other operations including some agricultural operations. 3. Heads of Terms and an Option Agreement have been submitted to which there are grave reservations and concerns. Despite representations made to the Heads of Terms, no response has been received and they remain in a format which is totally unacceptable. 4. The extent of the land included within the Option Agreement is excessive and beyond what is reasonably required for the construction of the pipeline which relates to Point Nos. 1 & 2. The area of land in the proposed Option Agreement is consequently sterilized for the period of the option which is potentially up to 8 years. 5. There are no proposals or specifications in relation to all aspects of accommodation works required, both during and post construction, to include land drainage, fencing, retention of all utility services, crossing points to working width, timescale and specification for reinstatement and other such day to day encumbrances. 6. There is no indication within the proposals (though the Heads of Terms are requesting the grant of such rights) as to the number, size and location of manholes, vents, marker posts and other such structures which may be constructed along the line of the pipe. There is no provision for agreement with the affected landowner/occupier as to the location of these structures. 7. Health Concerns - There remains serious concerns that a pressurised pipeline carrying potentially poisonous or noxious gases in close proximity to residential, agricultural (to include farm animals) and commercial properties will provide a health and safety issue to those properties with potential impact upon occupiers, soils, drainage networks and also upon potential capital and rental values. 8. The ongoing uncertainty as to the exact location of the pipeline and the associated easement together with the excessive extent of the option area potentially places a blight upon the subject property in relation to valuation and possible near future sales. Assurances are sought that any diminution in the value of the property ahead of construction of the scheme will be compensated for. 9. Drainage and soil fertility – There is a concern that the construction phase will have a detrimental impact to the land drainage, particularly where the land has relied on natural drainage and therefore assurances are required that an appropriate land drainage scheme is prepared and agreed with the Landowner/occupier before commencement. 10. Insurance – In some instances Landowners/Occupiers have raised the proposed pipeline project with their insurers, particularly where the route is close to residential properties and buildings. In the event that annual insurance premiums are increased in view of the potential risks posed by the new pipeline, confirmation is required that HYNET will reimburse the Landowner/Occupier for the increased premiums in perpetuity. 11. The proximity of the proposed pipeline on land surrounding the farmstead at Newbridge Farm will have serious consequences for the viability of the farm namely: a. The area required for the construction work will not only remove key areas of the farm for grazing and calving paddocks, but it will create serious logistical problems of moving a dairy herd of over 200 cows around the farm on a daily basis. b. Messrs Oultram are particularly concerned of the health and safety issues as raised in Point 7 in view of the proximity of the proposed pipe to the farmhouse and farm buildings. c. It should be highlighted that the route of the proposed pipeline would cause serious environmental damage in respect of the established badger setts. In addition, there are bat roosts and Great Crested Newt habitats along the proposed route. 12. The removal of up to 16 acres of land opposite the farm for a compound site during the construction phase will have a serious detrimental impact to the farm’s viability. This block of land is fundamental to the dairy herd’s grazing system and for the application of slurry. It is estimated that the loss of such land will result in up to a third of the dairy herd having to disposed of through the lack of available grazing and reduced area for spreading slurry. The reduced turnover will result in immediate staff redundancies and will bring into question the long term future of the farm as a dairy holding. If the business is to remain viable a change to a zero grazing system will be required. This will ultimately involve significant investment in new buildings, machinery and equipment and additional land to enable the forage to be brought into the dairy herd. Messrs Oultram would be looking to HYNET to provide this investment.