- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
- Specialist wikis
Last edited 28 Feb 2023
A wayleave is a contract between a the owner or occupier of land (the grantor) and a third party (the grantee) permitting the grantee to access privately-owned land to carry out works in return for some form of compensation.
Typically they are used to allow utilities companies to install cables, pipes, pylons or other equipment or apparatus on privately-owned land and giving them access to the site at reasonable times to be able to carry out inspections, alterations, renewal, removal, maintenance and repairs.
A wayleave is similar to an easement, but differs in that the easements are executed as deeds, are registered with the Land Registry and are permanently attached to the land in return for a one-off payment. This gives better security to the grantee, who may be prepared to pay more than for an easement than a wayleave, but an easement may impact on the long-term value of the land if the landowner chooses to sell or lease the land.
Wayleaves include termination clauses and are not permanent, however, questions have been raised about how straight-forward it is to terminate agreements, and some wayleaves are protected by statutory code powers.
Payments are generally annual, but can be made as a single lump-sum payment. A wayleave payment may consist of two parts, the owner’s payment and the occupier’s payment, and may include a contribution to the landowner’s or occupier’s legal costs. The grantee should commit to minimising any damage to the property and to make good or pay compensation where there is damage.
Featured articles and news
Terminology, benefits and barriers.
Electrotechnical businesses are feeling the effects of the economic slowdown.
When did they start and how many are there?
Roadmap to guide professionals in using smart technology.
Campaigning for buildings of all periods.
Meaning, understanding and implementation.
Advancing sustainable and regenerative project management.
Promised to be pragmatic and practical guidance.
Whilst replacement maybe preferred, its not always possible.
Dealing with draughts and reducing heat loss.
Managing Partner at Onyx and third gen project manager.
Expectation types, management and performance gaps.
Appointments, re-appointments and six changes a year.
New ways to manage the housing crisis.
Consortium seeks signatories for open letter by February 29.
From climate to cost to cold bridges and design flexibility.