Fisher German advises landowners on HS2 propo

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Fisher German advises on HS2

March 2010

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On 11 March 2010, The Department for Transport published the High Speed Two Ltd (HS2) proposals for a new high speed railway line between London and the West Midlands. If the plans proceed they will affect significant numbers of farmers and landowners with property on the suggested route.

From the north of England to the south, the route passes Rugeley, Lichfield, Birmingham, Warwick, Brackley, Bicester, Aylesbury and Wendover. Landowners with farms and country houses on the suggested route need to know their options and should seek immediate advice from experienced rural property professionals.

Full public consultation will take place later this year and a decision will be made next year on whether to proceed. At this stage the preferred route will be 'safeguarded' and property owners whose land, house or other assets are directly affected can then seek market value through compensation under statutory blight provisions.
Those homeowners who have to sell now (for example, through job relocation) will be affected as proposals such as these cause uncertainty and this will mean a property is difficult to sell.

That is why The Department for Transport intends to introduce what is known as an 'Exceptional Hardship Scheme' so that homeowners with a pressing need to sell can apply to the Government to purchase their property at the full market rate.

Consultation on this scheme is ongoing until mid-May and Fisher German chartered surveyors intend to make representation on behalf of affected parties. Charles Meynell, partner at Fisher German comments: “As proposed, the scheme will only apply to residential property but we believe other owners, such as farmers forced to retire through ill health, should be eligible to sell their farm through the scheme.”

Fisher German have extensive experience of such major transport infrastructure, having recently acted for land and property owners on the Chiltern Evergreen 3 rail project, M6 Toll, West Coast mainline improvements, A46 and A14 schemes. Their involvement has seen modification to the scheme at Public Inquiry and additional compensation gained at The Lands Tribunal.

The firm’s advice to property owners is to engage in the process at an early stage when it may be possible to influence the position or design of the route. Construction is unlikely to start until 2019 but there will be a period during the next three years where detailed design and assessment of the route will take place. It is too late to influence the scheme when Compulsory Purchase Orders are served.   

If you are on or near the proposed route please contact Fisher German now to register your concern. This will allow the firm to keep you up to date with the proposals, how you might be affected and the stages towards  receiving compensation.

For enquiries in your region please contact:
North - Charles Meynell at the Stafford office on 01785 273999
Midlands - John Ikin at the Ashby de la Zouch office on 01530 410814
South - Stephen Rutledge at the Banbury office on 01295 226292  
Link to the Department for Transport information page http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail/pi/highspeedrail/lontobhm/
Link to the Department for Transport Plans and profile maps page http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail/pi/highspeedrail/hs2ltd/route/

For further information about  how Fisher German can help you visit our HS2 pages here

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