Case Study: PD Ports secure fixed term annual income on their Seal Sands site
PD Ports are a logistics company that offer cargo-handling facilities at both ends of the supply chain. The company’s headquarters is in the North East and they operate from a number of ports across the country.
We were able to secure a fixed term annual income for PD Ports on their Seal Sands site, a port on the North bank of the River Tees.
Northumbria Water developed a scheme that provided a permanent replacement and subsequent improvement to the water supply of the Seal Sands area in Middlesbrough.
The plan involved laying the water main replacement pipe and constructing the pipe bridge in a section of land owned by PD ports.
Initial discussions were conducted and we advised PD ports that the Water Authority would be unable to use powers of compulsory purchase order on their land. It had been identified that the powers contained in the Act were not applicable to land owned by Port Authorities. Port land is a special category of land and cannot be acquired under normal rules.
Rather than pursue a capital payment, our compulsory purchase team were instructed by PD Ports to seek an annual income from the Water Authority for the use of their port land.
We were able to secure PD Ports a fixed term easement for both the water pipes and pipe bridges. The water easement granted Northumbria Water access to PD ports land, offering the best route for improving water supply in the Seal Sands area.