HS2 & Rail Compensation

The announcement back in 2010 of a brand new high speed rail line (HS2) going the length and breadth of the country caused huge concern to all those along the route.

The announcement of Phase 2 in March 2013 and subsequently Phase 2b has prompted a round of fresh instructions meaning that we now represent clients on HS2 from Euston to Manchester and from Birmingham up towards Leeds.

Unlike most compulsory purchase schemes, HS2 will have its own specific Act of Parliament to allow it to compulsorily acquire the land and direct how compensation procedures will apply.  The Act for Phase 1 received Royal Assent in January of 2017 and is now in place.

Our lead partner in compensation matters, Roger Bedson, is a Roll B Parliamentary Agent and has presented petitions to Parliament on behalf of many clients on Phase 1 in advance of the HS2 Bill passing through Parliament.

HS2 compensation forms a major part of our workload and we have now sold towards 150 properties to HS2 under the statutory blight, Need to Sell, or Express Purchase scheme provisions.

We are proud to be working closely with the NFU, CLA and CAAV in making representations to HS2 to help make the compulsory purchase process better for our clients.  We have delivered a number of lectures on the subject to assembled audiences along the route in Birmingham, Stafford and Cheshire, and latterly as guest lecturer at Harper Adams University.

Our focus is fairly and squarely about compensating landowners and property owners affected by HS2 and getting the right compensation settlements for them.  At Hinson Parry and Company we do not act for acquiring authorities.  Many firms of surveyors will act on both sides of the fence.  We do not do this because we do not want our clients’ positions compromised.

Based in our new offices in Stone, our team will continue to advise clients along the route, and Roger continues to sit as Land Agent representative on the NFU-CLA Working Committee on HS2, is Chair of the Midlands branch of the Compulsory Purchase Association and National Vice Chair of the committee dealing with compensation matters within the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

For advice in respect to High Speed Rail compensation contact Roger, Rebecca, Vicky or Simon on 01785 850866 or email r.bedson@hinsonparry.co.uk.

 

Hinson Parry Members of:

  • RICS — The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • NFU — National Farmers' Union