It reckons that the rate agreed between farmers (the NFU) and Openreach amounts to £500 per km per annum for e-side cabling, and £360 per km per annum for D-side cables.

I tried applying this to B4RN, and specifically to phase 1 of their plans. The figures there were for 275km of digging, to service around 1500 properties. Allowing half the distance for core routes at £500/km pa, and half the distance at £360/km pa, this makes for an Opex cost of £120,000 per annum for the wayleaves alone. That is equivalent to £75pa on the bill of every property.

Given that the monthly cost for a B4RN connection is £30, the cost of wayleaves (if the landowners were being paid them) would add £6 to that bill, or roughly 20%.

That’s a significant factor that this report doesn’t really reflect.

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