New Clause 1 - Resolution of compensation disputes in electricity-related land acquisition cases

Electricity and Gas Transmission (Compensation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 25 January 2023.

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“(1) The Secretary of State must draw up proposals for the use of alternative dispute resolution processes in electricity-related land acquisition cases.

(2) An ‘alternative dispute resolution process’ is any process enabling the parties to a dispute to resolve the dispute out of court.

(3) An ‘electricity-related land acquisition case’ is a case where—

(a) an order is made under section 114 of the Planning Act 2008 (orders granting development consent), and

(b) the order authorises the acquisition of land for a purpose connected with the transmission of electricity.

‘Transmission’ in paragraph (b) has the meaning given in section 4(4) of the Electricity Act 1989.

(4) The Secretary of State’s proposals must include proposals for ensuring—

(a) that alternative dispute resolution processes are available for determining the amount of compensation to be paid to landowners in electricity-related land acquisition cases,

(b) that the processes are accessible to landowners without undue difficulty or expense,

(c) that the processes are operated, and determinations reached, in a way that is independent of the parties to the dispute, and

(d) that determinations are enforceable.

(5) The Secretary of State must lay before Parliament a report containing the proposals drawn up under this section.

(6) Before laying the report the Secretary of State must consult such persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.”—

This new clause is intended to replace clause 1. It focuses the proposals which the Secretary of State must draw up on electricity-related cases rather than gas-related cases. It also contains a number of drafting and clarity-related changes.

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.