B4RN relies 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 landowner’s local knowledge, assistance and free wayleave permissions.


B4RN’s wayleave agreement is a simple single page, plain English document that gives permission to install B4RN ducts across a landowner’s property. We are very grateful for these free wayleaves as it is the only way a network of B4RN’s scale can be built by the community.

Shares For Work

We want the community and landowners  of Stainton to own B4RN Stainton, 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 champion, 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 of the main B4RN website.

In summary:

  • All routes, work and timing are only undertaken with landowner agreement.
  • Details are agreed in principle first and then a Wayleave document is produced.
  • B4RN provide all the ducting, fibre and access chambers.
  • Ducting can be installed using low impact mole plough or trenching.
  • B4ST will make every reasonable effort to return the ground to its original state after installation.
  • The community model will only work if sufficient landowners agree to free access.