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Property owners between Crewe and Manchester who will be affected by HS2 are being urged to seek advice now to ascertain their rights and ensure their concerns are addressed.

We are advising residents, businesses and landowners along the route of HS2 Phase 2b between the two locations to get in touch to gain expert advice ahead of the petitioning window. It comes after the publication of the HS2 Phase 2b Bill which sets out the detailed proposals for this section of the new railway and will be scrutinised by Parliament over the coming months.

There will soon be a window of opportunity to raise concerns or objections formally through the process of petitioning to the Select Committees. We are advising those along the route to contact the firm and seek expert advice now to ensure they make the most of the petitioning window.

Hugh Maxfield, a partner and compensation specialist based at our Knutsford office, said: “HS2 Phase 2b will affect a considerable amount of property owners, so it is important that they fully understand the process following the Bill’s publication. The petitioning window will commence following the second reading of the Bill and although there are no current indicators as to when this may be, it can take place in relatively short order following the first reading.”

Hugh added, “This level of uncertainty around specific timeframes means that we would urge those who have any concerns around the impact of the development on their property to seek expert advice at the earliest opportunity. Acting now will put them in the best position possible, ensuring that they know what this means for them, that they understand their rights and are able to ascertain whether petitioning would be suitable for them.”

At Fisher German we have a dedicated team of experts with backgrounds in compulsory purchase and HS2 matters, many of which have dealt with petitioning on earlier phases of the HS2 scheme. The firm has experience in acting for businesses, homeowner and landowners, and we would urge anyone who requires support to get in touch.

To find out more about the compensation and compulsory purchase services we offer at Fisher German click here.