CLA urges those affected to respond to HS2 safeguarding consultation

06 November 2014

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, says that people in Cheshire and Staffordshire along the proposed route of HS2 should make themselves aware of the latest consultation announced by HS2 Ltd.

The consultation, announced on 4 November covers proposals for safeguarding the proposed route for the HS2 rail link between Fradley, near Lichfield and Crewe.

Safeguarding protects land around the route from development that could make Phase 2 of the more expensive to build.  Once the results of the consultation are confirmed, any such development would not be permitted, but the Blight provisions would then apply.

It was proposed in a report by HS2 Ltd chairman Sir David Higgins that Phase 2 from the West Midlands to Crewe should be brought forward in order to maximise the benefits of HS2 to the  wider rail network in the north west and this safeguarding consultation is the next step in that plan.

The consultation closes on 6 January 2014 and the documents, including maps, can be found on the GOV.UK website.

CLA Midlands surveyor Richard Goodwin says this latest announcement clearly shows HS2's commitment to delivering Phase 2 of HS2.

Mr Goodwin said: “Anyone whose land forms part of this section should be engaged in the consultation process or live with the consequences.”

“You should also look to maximise the planning potential of your land before the route is safeguarded. If you are concerned about this consultation or are considering development, then it is vital you take good professional advice from a specialist adviser or the CLA.

Full details of the consultation can be found at: http://www.hs2.org.uk/developing-hs2/safeguarding/phase-two

Sir David Higgins’ reports may be found at http://www.hs2.org.uk/news-resources/chairmans-reports