hole in hedge made by car

Have you suffered from a vehicle crashing through your boundary fence or hedge?

One of our clients regularly finds a car has crashed through his hedge. It has spun of the road whilst passing through some bad bends – unsuccessfully! After client has carried out temporary stock proofing repairs, he calls me. I then attend and pursue the drivers insurance company. The inconvenience of picking up the broken plastic and glass, getting rid of the snapped off hedge and sometimes pulling the car out with his tractor is now not so painful. We have negotiate a detailed claim on behalf of the landowner.

With road safety measures whilst repairs are undertaken, new hedge planted, all debris removed, the farmers time, our time etc. etc. it is not so much a means of making a profit, but more a case of fairly recovering all the costs for the inconvenience caused by an unfortunate driver. Most farmers and landowners ‘take on the chin’ because they don’t have the time or the means to pursue the claim.

We do have the time, experience and tenacity to pursue these claims for you on a ‘No settlement, No fee’ basis and if we are successful, the insured parties’ insurer will cover our charges to you too.

If you have suffered from the above and have any details as to who caused the accident, why not give us a call and let us do the rest?

Have you as an owner or occupier of land been asked to allow access for ‘resilience works’ by your local electricity network operator or National Grid?

If so, do bear in mind what it is they are asking for. ‘Resilience work’ is the trimming or felling of trees and other vegetation that is perfectly lawfully within the vicinity of their apparatus that could in time cause problems to the line. Electricity companies’ statutory rights to trim back such vegetation are very limited.

Obviously trimming back vegetation, a relatively short distance from the line, will mean that it will soon grow back and the electricity company will have to revisit and trim again, at its own expense. If the electricity company is allowed to trim back more that it has a right to, or even to ground level, they save £’000’s and your view of the apparatus increases.

The simple solution is to not allow ‘Resilience Works’ without a payment to you being made in return. We can assist with negotiating your case and what is more, the electricity company will indemnify our costs of being represented! Meaning we work for you, maximise the payment to you and the electricity pays!

Please get in touch for more details.

M M Ferguson BSc, MRICS
[email protected]
mobile 07789 798879
Direct 0116 2188137

photo of resilience round telegraph poles

a menage under construction

Calling all Equestrians…

Currently we have five planning applications and construction projects on for local equestrians. Menages and American barn type projects are very popular at the moment. The projects range from a standalone 50m x 25m all weather menage in the grounds of a Grade II listed property to a 60m x 40m with stable barn, horse walker, landscaping works and access track for an Eventer, and so far, planning permissions have not been too onerous to secure.

Our services extend to not only dealing with the planning application, but also designing the whole project to meet clients’ current and foreseeable needs, providing the scale drawings, tender documents, negotiation for anything from tree surgeon quotes to clear the site to the cost to supply and erect the building, internals stable partitions, mezzanine floors, horse walkers etc and of course the design and provision of the menage. With that all done, we even manage the construction through to competition and landscaping.

If you have are thinking about investing in such a development, please get in touch. Even when everything runs smoothly, it is realistically a 6 – 9 month project by the time designs have been finalised, planning consent secured and reliable trusted contractors and suppliers brought to site to do their bit.

Talking of reliable and trusted contractors. I can whole heartedly recommend Eckland Lodge Developments to supply and erect the buildings and carry out all ground works as I can Baseworks Limited for constructing the menage from start to finish. Both have proven to be highly competitive with their prices and very willing to go that bit further to ensure client satisfaction.

If you have any planning related matters in mind, please call Mark Ferguson Ltd (07789 798879) and let us advise as to what can be achieved for you.

Capitalisation payments from national Grid and regional network operators.

We speak to a lot of residential and landowners whose property accommodates electricity transmission apparatus and discuss how our negotiated settlements are formulated. These settlements usual comprise a capitalisation of current wayleave payments plus a certain percentage of the property value depending on how far the apparatus and what it is, is away from the dwelling. It is always disappointing to hear that the  National Grid and other operators have purges of writing out to property owners offering them a few hundred pounds as a ‘one’off’ payment in return for a Deed of Easement or Servitude (in Scotland) when we would expect in the vast majority of cases several thousands of pounds for our clients. The example I heard last week was an offer from National Grid for £250, when we have recently secured a settlement of £5000 for exactly the same circumstances on a neighbouring property. The unfortunate thing is, once the £250 type settlements have been accepted and paid – there is nothing the landowner can do to reverse the transaction.

If you have any land or property affected by electrical apparatus, please call us and let us advise as to what can be achieved for you.