Seek advice about hosting new telecoms masts

by Kathryn Williams, Davis Meade Property Consultants

FARMERS and landowners in Wales who are approached about
accommodating new Emergency Services Network

(ESN) masts on their land are being urged to take advice from their agent before making any commitment. The Home Office is planning to set up and install a number of telecommunications sites in Wales to support the

transition of the ESN from the current Airwave system to the new 4G system being provided by mobile operator EE.

This involves the deployment of large steel lattice masts or monopole structures in an enclosed compound.

The apparatus is likely to be between 15m and 20m in height, to be confirmed by site survey, and the enclosed ground based compound will be roughly 10m x 10m. Telecoms infrastructure service provider Clarke Telecom is negotiating heads of terms on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government on behalf of the Crown (the Tenant). We are encouraging landowners that are approached about the installation of an ESN mast to take professional advice in relation to the Heads of Terms negotiations, particularly as agents fees are covered by the Secretary of State up to an agreed cap.

There are many clauses that are site specific, such as connecting the electricity supply and the installation of access tracks and roads, and these clauses need to be carefully considered.

For further help and advice contact Kathryn William, land agent at Davis Meade Property Consultants on 07971583638 or email Kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com

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