Landowners and occupiers affected by the High Speed Two rail line are to be offered an initial £1,000 access payment to allow contractors to enter private land in the initial stages of route development.
The Country, Land and Business Association and NFU have reached an agreement with HS2 Ltd – the company behind the rail link, which will run from London to the Midlands and North of England.
The £1,000 agreement covers a voluntary early access licence to carry out environmental impact assessments for the rail line, with an initial payment of £1,000. The payment will be split between landlord and tenant where the land is tenanted.
On top of the £1,000 payment, HS2 Ltd agreed to further requests by the CLA and NFU to make additional payments if further environmental surveys are required and that HS2 Ltd will pay for any damage done or losses caused.
A comprehensive Code of Conduct has been agreed with HS2 Ltd which must be adhered to by the company and its contractors when carrying out the survey work.
CLA president Harry Cotterell said: “We recognise that many CLA members would rather HS2 was dropped, but now it is confirmed we owe them a duty of care to ensure the work is carried out with as little damage and loss as possible.”
NFU president Peter Kendall said: “This agreement is a positive first step in making sure the government sticks to its promises on compensation and mitigation.”
The CLA and NFU also agreed with HS2 Ltd to ensure all involved with transference of property ownership and occupation are kept duly informed.