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A wayleave is a legal agreement that permits someone to use a specific piece of land for a particular purpose, usually for the installation, maintenance, or repair of utility infrastructure such as pipelines, cables, or power lines. This agreement is commonly used to grant access rights to utility companies or service providers.

In simpler terms, a wayleave gives the right to cross or use someone else’s land for specific activities related to infrastructure installation or maintenance. This is particularly important when the infrastructure needs to cross private property or land owned by a third party.

Wayleaves are usually negotiated between the landowner and the entity requiring access. The agreement specifies the terms and conditions of land use, including compensation, duration of access, and any restrictions or conditions imposed by the landowner.

The specific details of wayleave agreements can vary depending on local laws and regulations, as well as the nature of the infrastructure involved. It is a legal mechanism that helps balance the interests of landowners with the needs of utility companies and other entities requiring access to land for public services.

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