The Telecoms sector remains fraught. Site operators and infrastructure providers continue to take aggressive stances in their quest for new leases for existing masts at vastly reduced rents, through serving legal notices and threatening court action on landowners.
The recent DUNCAN case ruling has gone in favour of Scottish landowners but EE & H3G are challenging it, with a ruling expected from the Court of Session this summer.
Meanwhile, in England, the Upper Tribunal is beginning to establish a 3 stage valuation methodology for mast rental values, which are being determined between £600-£1,200 pa depending on the site circumstances.
D&R has acquired a growing number of new clients seeking professional advice on such matters across the UK and is well placed to assist landowners during this tricky time with Telecoms.
Author: Derek Bathgate, Director