People who will be affected by HS2’s Phase 2a scheme are being urged to seek advice now to ensure they know their rights and can begin negotiations at the earliest opportunity.
We are advising residents, businesses and landowners along the route from West Midlands to Crewe, to gain expert advice to ensure they have all the information they need to make the right choices for them.
This comes after the High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Act 2021 received Royal Assent, meaning that HS2 can now begin the process of constructing Phase 2a of the new railway. It opens all property schemes to applications for this section of the route and accelerates the process of HS2 acquiring property required to build the railway as well as beginning more detailed surveys on land in the vicinity of the route.
John Ikin, Head of our Compulsory Purchase Department, said: “This latest milestone may be a very difficult time for those impacted by Phase 2a of HS2 as it brings a heightened sense of certainty of the scheme and people will begin to see increased movement on the ground.
“Gaining Royal Assent unlocks a number of compensation schemes, so it is important that those affected by compulsory purchase orders seek expert advice to ensure they fully understand their rights.
“Fisher German has a dedicated team of experts representing landowners and occupiers affected by HS2, with our experience ranging across all sections of HS2 and dating back more than 10 years.
“HS2 will be getting in touch with all residents, businesses and landowners along the route, and early engagement with them will be helpful for both parties.
“We would advise anyone affected by the development to gain expert advice so they know exactly what this means for them.”