A significant milestone was reached earlier this month as High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 2a was given Royal Asset authorising compulsory acquisition of the land needed to start to build the new rail line between Crewe and Birmingham.
The announcement has been described as a landmark moment with construction of Phase 2a expected to start by 2024. This will mean the first trains will run on high-speed lines between London and Crewe, via Birmingham before being integrated with the existing network providing direct services to cities including Liverpool, Manchester, Carlisle and Glasgow.
Our compulsory purchase team is already working with a number of owners and occupiers of affected sites along the HS2 route and urge anyone unsure about their position to get in touch with us to discuss options.
Head of our compulsory purchase team, Richard Farr commented, “Following a significant period of uncertainty around HS2, last week’s announcement will be a welcome one for many. The discretionary schemes to alleviate blight heavily favour residential properties, owners and occupiers of commercial property needed to focus on planning and protecting businesses. Confirmation of powers provides a certainty necessary to commence this exercise.
“If you have a property within the safeguarding corridor and have not started to plan for the impact of HS2 then it’s best to act now to maximise the time you have to reach a solution and minimise the disruption to your business. We’re already acting for a number of affected individuals and businesses along the route and the best advice we can offer is to be proactive. Inevitably demand for relocation premises will spike adjacent to the scheme and affected parties should be considering relocation options without further delay. Party’s should also provide HS2 with all the information requested as this will help HS2 to understand the individuals needs and budget accordingly.
“At this stage, claimants can look at engaging professional help, generally speaking HS2 will bear this cost, but only by prior agreement. Most importantly, view the relocation as an opportunity for your business. We have teams on hand to help you take the positives from your situation and help you start planning for the future!”