CLA takes HS2 campaign to Westminster

25 February 2014

On 24 February the CLA hosted a panel discussion in Parliament to discuss compensation arrangements for HS2, the issue of blight and a property bond scheme proposed by the CLA.

People affected by the HS2 route listened to, and questioned, the panel, which included Caroline SpelmanMP, Department for Transport Director Martin Capstick and CLA Chief Surveyor Andrew Shirley.

The event was attended by CLA members and members of both Houses of Parliament - including Cheryl Gillian MP, Bill Wiggin MP, Michael Fabricant MP and Lord Truscot.

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CLA President Henry Robinson said: “The compulsory purchase legislation used to deliver HS2 is outdated and unsuited to dealing properly and fairly with a project on this scale.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.

“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 Chief Surveyor Andrew Shirley 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.”