Landowners should renegotiate leases and agreements for phone masts on their land before new rules are introduced, say land agents.
Landowners with phone masts on their land or with potential sites could lose thousands of pounds under planned new laws.
The government wants to give telecoms firms stronger compulsory purchase powers, putting them on a par with electric or water companies.
Under the proposals, farmers who give up space for a mast would be paid compensation, rather than a much higher, market-based rent.
Land owners who refuse to allow mobile masts on their land face compulsory purchase orders at market rates, under new laws due to be announced in the Queen’s Speech.
The changes are designed by the Government to encourage investment in network improvements, amid concern that the uncertain cost of building new masts is holding back coverage.
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