Landowners & contractors

Landowners & Contractors

B4RN relies massively on the generosity and help of landowners and farmers. There is only one way we can build an affordable network, connecting even the most rural properties, and that is with their local knowledge, assistance and free wayleave permissions.


B4RN’s wayleave agreement is a simple single page, plain English document that gives us permission to install B4RN ducts across a landowner’s property. An important condition is that the landowner is NOT liable for any costs associated with accidental damage to the network on their land. We are very grateful for these free wayleaves as it is the only way a network of B4RN’s scale can be built by a community.  B4RN wayleave agreement.

Shares For Work

We want our communities and landowners to own B4RN, and so routes of properly installed B4RN duct are eligible for a ‘shares for work’ claim. Landowners, tenant farmers, contractors etc. can earn a fixed £1.50 per metre (including all expenses, such as fuel costs) for the distances they’ve installed. These are the people with professional groundwork skills and the capital investment in diggers, tractors, moleploughs etc. The work will have to be approved by the local community coordinator, meet B4RN standards, be referenced by route number and chamber location, and be accompanied by a tax invoice. For full details please read our documentation on working for shares, found on the resources page.

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