Farmers’ concerns over the proposed HS2 construction route are not being heard, the NFU has claimed.
The HS2 Select Committee has been instructed to consider more than 120 changes the Government wishes to make to the HS2 hybrid Bill.
However NFU president Meurig Raymond said assurances given to the NFU did not go far enough ‘to be meaningful’ for those farmers affected by the major infrastructure project.
He said: “It is essential, that once the construction of the line has been completed, farm businesses are left in a strong, viable condition and land can still be farmed productively.
“We are specifically calling for farmers to be able to relocate agricultural buildings and farmhouses and so far the assurances do not meet the need for replacement buildings outside the High Speed Rail Bill limits and the need for permitted development rights to be granted.”
The NFU has also been pushing for a ‘duty of care’ to all farmers impacted, which includes HS2 being liable for the actions of their contractors and sub-contractors.
“Amongst other things, the NFU has been calling for a substantial programme of appropriate accommodation works to minimise the long term impacts on businesses.
“HS2 must maintain a regular and honest consultation with farmers and growers throughout the project.”