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HS2 branded ‘unfair’ as more farms fragmented in Phase Two

Farming chiefs have hit back at the latest HS2 Phase Two proposals put forward to the House of Commons.


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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling set the pace to confirm the route through Yorkshire and kick-start the West Midlands to Crewe line which will begin building at the start of 2018.

 

CLA chief surveyor Andrew Shirley said the compulsory purchase system remained unfair and the Government had struggled to realise the impact of the scheme on farmers and landowners.

 

He said: “Our sympathies lie with the thousands of people who have found out that their homes and livelihoods will be under the shadow of HS2 for a number of years to come.

 

“Benefits we secured during negotiations on the phase one London to West Midlands line and the subsequent changes in legislation must be extended to those affected by phase two.

 

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“The company must step up its commitment to better communicate with farmers and landowners along the new route and ensure it does what it can to reduce the impact of delivering phase two.”

 

Farmer Karen Schofield, Mexborough, whose family farm lies on part of the proposed eastern route, said the government’s decision to push ahead with the project was ‘unthinkable’.

 

She said: “It is the worst possible news that anybody wants to hear, that you are going to lose your family home, which my husband and his brothers bought more than 40 years ago."

 

Mrs Schofield said HS2 had promised to compensate farms such as hers ’like-for-like’ but she questioned the reality of this.

 

"We have invited HS2 to come down here and have a look at what we have built up over the years," she added.


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