Safeguarding consultation (London to West Midlands)

On 25th October 2012, Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport, announced the launch of a Property and Compensation Consultation for Phase 1 of HS2 between London and the West Midlands.

This consultation began on Thursday 25th October 2012.

This consultation will close at 17:30 on Thursday 31st January 2013.
The Secretary of State for Transport proposes that safeguarding directions be issued to protect the HS2 Phase 1 route between London and the West Midlands route. The aim of this measure is to ensure that new developments along this route do not affect the ability to build or operate HS2, or lead to excessive additional costs.

This consultation focuses on the proposed safeguarded directions and the planning aspects of the safeguarded area. It sets out our current views on the necessary land required in this respect.

Those who are particularly interested in the effects that safeguarding might have on individual properties in terms of compensation for any blight should participate in the Property and Compensation consultation, which is more directly relevant to these issues.

You can access information for the Property and Compensation consultation via the following link:

Our current view is that safeguarding is likely to be the best way of achieving this, though we will also consider any alternative approaches proposed.

This consultation presents:

  • a consultation document;
  • draft safeguarding directions;
  • draft guidance on the directions;
  • a draft Impact Assessment;
  • draft maps outlining the land to be safeguarded; and
  • explanatory notes for those maps.

This consultation is primarily aimed at Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) that will be aware of relevant planning issues in their areas to which the directions would apply.

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