HS2 Early Access Agreements

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HS2 Early Access Agreements

November 2015

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HS2 back in the driving seat following Chancellor's spending review - what this means for landowners.

The recent spending review reconfirmed the Government’s investment in transport. £61bn is proposed to include investment in Network Rail and £46.7bn is to be spent over the next five years by the Department for Transport on capital investment including starting to build HS2 (High Speed Rail).

HS2 will hugely benefit the UK’s transport infrastructure but to build HS2 requires land. Some of this land already has homes and farms on it and to acquire this from landowners requires careful negotiation for all parties involved.

Liz Farrall of Fisher German comments “we are already representing a large number of land owning clients affected by HS2 phases one and two and we have been successful in negotiating compensation on behalf of our phase one clients. Clients on both phases one and two have received Early Access Agreements from HS2 Limited.  However, at present HS2 Limited have no statutory rights for access to land and therefore they can only take access by agreement with the landowner.”

Liz continues “this stands to change with statute shortly being put into place to provide access rights for the scheme but in the intervening period, if HS2 Limited wish to carry out surveys along the route of the proposed railway line for ecological or other purposes, Early Access Agreements are required.”

Liz concludes “Fisher German has successfully re-negotiated the Early Access Agreement put forward by HS2 Limited in a number of cases at no cost to the landowner. This results in a clearer agreement and improved terms. Reasonable costs in respect of these matters are met by HS2.”

The Department for Transport are soon to issue safeguarding directions for phase two between Fradley and Crewe.  Once these are in place for this section of the route, those landowners within the safeguarded area will be able to serve a blight notice on the Secretary of State for Transport requesting the Government purchase their property.

For further information contact Liz Farrall, 01785 275392, liz.farrall@fishergerman.co.uk 

If you are affected by HS2 and would like us to act on your behalf, please contact one of our compulsory purchase team.

John Ikin: Ashby and Nottinghamshire Telephone: 01530 410814

Hugh Maxfield: Knutsford and Cheshire Telephone: 01565 757971

Jonathan Perks: Banbury and Oxfordshire Telephone: 01295 226282

Liz Farrall: Stafford and North East Telephone: 01785 275392

To find out more about compulsory purchase, click here

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