CLA president Ross Murray has called on HS2 chief Sir David Higgins to publicly commit to supporting a change in the law which would protect farmers who will lose land as a result of the new railway line.
In a stinging letter, Mr Murray said HS2 bosses have shown a ‘lack of understanding about the issues which affect rural land and property owners’ and been ‘unwilling to meaningfully discuss’ problems around access or severance of land which could affect the viability of farming businesses along the route.
He also said poor engagement with those who are affected has caused delays to the project and cost the taxpayer millions of pounds.
“We are appealing directly to HS2 Ltd at this critical stage of the process to address its significant failures in engaging with land and property owners under threat of compulsory purchase”, Mr Murray added.
“The company must accept common sense changes in law which go some way to reducing the impact on those losing land to the route, preventing further stress and delays and cost to the taxpayer.”
The CLA is asking for changes to the law which would prevent HS2 from permanently taking any land only required on a temporary basis and buying any more land than is necessary for the operation and maintenance of the railway.