Following Chris Grayling’s controversial announcement earlier this month that the Northern Leg of HS2 is “not in the bag”, Richard Farr, head of our compulsory purchase team shares his views on the future of HS2 North of Birmingham.
Phase 1, the line from London to Birmingham has been approved and is due to complete in 2026 but progress of Phase 2b, Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds has now been thrown into question. Setting aside any commentary as to whether HS2 should occur, Richard commented:
“It is very unlikely that HS2 will be cancelled in the immediate future, and even if it is there is no guarantee that it won’t come back in some form or another, in years to come. If you have a property inside the proposed corridor of development, then it is best to act now as it is certain that as a nation something must be done about infrastructure.
“If you are lucky enough to qualify or are given the opportunity to relocate we would most definitely advise taking advantage of it, after all the longer you have to plan, the less impact it will have on you and your business. The HS2 effect will undoubtedly cause a spike in demand for properties in your vicinity so the earlier that you act, the more choice you will have when it comes to relocating.
“The best advice we can give is to be proactive, ensure that HS2 are aware of your presence, know what your land/property means to you and provide them with all the information they ask for. It’s also important to monitor the situation and explore the opportunities for relocation schemes as there will be regular changes as HS2 focus on individual sections of track. At this stage, you may also look at engaging professional help, generally speaking HS2 will bear this cost, especially if you’re in active communications with them.
“Finally, and perhaps most importantly, view the relocation as an opportunity for your business, take the positives from your situation and start planning for it. We do not believe that HS2 will go away, so please do not ignore!”
We have a team of compulsory purchase surveyors working with owners and occupiers of affected sites along the HS2 route.