Utility Installation Consents Support

Utility companies often require access to publicly and privately owned land to install or maintain equipment and face the challenge of gaining consent from landowners before carrying out works. As the market’s leading specialist within the utilities sector, RSK and its specialist utility installation consent support team, RSK Consents Solutions, are equipped to provide a more comprehensive consent support service than competitors. We engage the extensive support of the group company service and specialist skills to provide complete wayleave consultancy, land agency services and support across a range of sectors and multidisciplinary projects.

Dedicated team

Working solely on behalf of clients, including utility owners and connection providers, we apply our knowledge and experience of the utilities industry and renewable project developments to support our clients. Each project is unique, which is why we dedicate a specialist team to each project, providing support and expertise for obtaining landowner and planning consent, providing security and rights associated with their network requirements and discharging licence obligations dutifully.

Prompt and efficient service

Gaining landowner consent is a challenge that requires the developer to consider many different factors. Planning regimes and timescales, landowner objection and budgetary considerations stand in the way of developers achieving consent from landowners to progress with their project. We apply our knowledge of land rights and a deep understanding of the client’s goals to gain consent promptly and efficiently, maintaining good relations with the landowner throughout.

Broad range of services

We work closely with clients throughout their project, offering support for initial route selection and feasibility studies, project planning, land referencing, landowner engagement, consenting services, access arrangements, environmental investigations and assents, statutory and non-statutory consultations and compensation. The expertise of our team allows us to provide services for a wide range of project types, including renewable energy developments, such as offshore wind and solar, and fibre and electric vehicle charging. Alongside utility installation consent support, the wider RSK group offers a range of related services, such as land acquisition and resettlement planning, ground and site investigation and stakeholder engagement analysis.

Experienced and trustworthy

Thanks to many years of experience working with landowners and utility developers, we understand the need to balance perspective and negotiate solutions sensitively. Our dedicated team responds promptly to issues and challenges with a proactive, pragmatic approach, providing bespoke solutions to issues that arise throughout the project. Clients trust our extensive track record of numerous successful consented projects, with the assurance that we deliver comprehensive utility installation consent support services on time and effectively.

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Our Expertise

  • Initial route selection and feasibility studies

    Our team has the skillset to undertake initial route selection and feasibility studies, including the analysis of topographies, and ownership and routing or construction constraints.

  • Project planning

    We conduct pre-project planning to determine most successful outcomes of schemes.

  • Land referencing

    RSK provides clients with contact and non-contact referencing and can produce schedules of land interests.

  • Landownder engagment

    Thanks to the extensive experience of our team, we are suited to provide formal and informal consultation regarding project requirements.

  • Consenting services

    We provide consenting services for our clients, including negotiating land rights, wayleaves, easements, heads of terms, options agreements, land acquisitions and leases.

  • Access arrangements

    Our knowledgeable team applies their expertise to assist clients in obtaining access to land for survey, construction, referencing, and arranging licences where required.

  • Environmental investigations and assets

    We undertake environmental investigations, work closely with clients and regulators to obtain permits. We also produce working conditions agreements on behalf of clients.

  • Statutory and non-statutory consultations

    RSK provides statutory and non-statutory consultations, including consultation and applications for planning consents.

  • Compensations

    We assess disturbance to land, crop loss, reinstatement, and negotiate reasonable compensation on behalf of clients.

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