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HS2 environmental surveys require access to your property

February 2012

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HS2 have today announced that they are writing to property owners along the proposed high speed rail route in order to gain access for environmental surveys. 

These will be used in preparation for an Environmental Impact Assessment in support of the scheme. A range of surveys are required, from non-obtrusive observational surveys undertaken on foot, through to intrusive surveys such as boreholes or trial pits.  
 
Stephen Rutledge, Lead Agent on HS2 at Fisher German advises that anybody contacted by HS2 should seek professional advice before allowing access or signing any agreements.
 
Stephen comments “HS2 does not have statutory powers to access private land without the owner’s consent. They will not have the benefit of these until the hybrid bill has been approved by Parliament - likely to be in late 2013/14.
 
“HS2 have published a licence agreement which they would like landowners to sign so that they may gain legal rights of access to affected land.  They have also published a scale of charges they will pay to take such access, along with confirming that reasonable agent’s fees will be paid for by HS2 as part of that agreement.
 
“I recommend that people seek professional advice if they receive a letter from HS2, to discuss their options and negotiate appropriate compensation.” 
 
Fisher German has a dedicated HS2 team with offices along the route, including Stafford, Banbury, Thame, and Ashby de la Zouch. Each has significant experience representing land and property owners on similar infrastructure projects, including the West Coast Mainline upgrade and Evergreen 3 railway projects and the M40 and M6 Toll motorways. 
 
For further information please contact Stephen Rutledge on 01295 226292 or email stephen.rutledge@fishergerman.co.uk. 
 
For further information about  how Fisher German can help you visit our HS2 pages here
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