CLA takes HS2 campaign to Westminster

28 February 2014

The event saw panel guests Caroline SpelmanMP, Department for Transport Director of Policy, Funding and Legislation Martin Capstick and CLA Chief Surveyor Andrew Shirley debate the issues surrounding compulsory purchase and compensation for HS2.

 The organisation set out its manifesto for reform and called for the CLA Property Bond Scheme, fair compensation, a duty of care and limits to the scope of the Hybrid Bill.

 CLA Director South East Robin Edwards said: “The compulsory purchase legislation used to deliver HS2 is outdated and unsuited to dealing properly and fairly with a project on this scale.

 “Commercial businesses and people’s livelihoods will be greatly affected by the infrastructure of HS2. HS2 Ltd and its contractors should have a duty of care to act openly and fairly when dealing with those affected.”

 Mr Edwards added: “While the scheme detail is clearer now, the true impact and the way land will be managed will only become apparent later. Further disruption will be suffered through the decade of construction.

“This is why we have proposed the CLA Property Bond Scheme which will help resolve blight, and provide certainty over compensation. It is also important for HS2 to deliver mitigation measures to businesses and individuals who are affected by the scheme.”

CLA Regional Surveyor Tim Broomhead said: “Landowners along the route have three main concerns: that HS2 will take too much land, pay too little compensation and bring years of uncertainty which will damage their homes, businesses and farms.

 The second reading of the Hybrid Bill is just around the corner and it is vital that proper compensation is provided to those who are already suffering loss.”

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

 1.  The CLA manifesto on HS2 applies to all compulsory acquisitions. Please contact Isobel Shayle (07702 926916 or isobel.shayle@cla.org.uk) for a copy of the manifesto.

 2.  CLA South East covers the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, East & West Sussex

 3.  As a membership organisation, the CLA supports landowners by advising them on how best to protect and maximise their asset: the land. We are dedicated to supporting landowners and their businesses. Our success is measured by how effectively we do that. We have a team of experts in London and a regional structure able to give local support.

 4.  We have been looking after the interests of our members, as well as promoting the positive aspects of land ownership, land management and rural business activities for the past 100 years. CLA members own or manage approximately half the rural land in England and Wales, and the resulting expertise puts us in a unique position to formulate policies and lobby effectively.

 5.  For news and more information on our events, campaigns, lobbying and advice see the regional pages on our website https://www.cla.org.uk/your-area/south-east or follow us on Twitter: @CLASouthEast