04 July 2015 | Online since 2003

New HS2 report raises serious concerns says NFU



19 March 2014 02:30:45|News,NFU,Property News

New HS2 report 'raises serious concerns', says NFU


The announcement by the new head of HS2 to fast-track the project has only increased the NFU’s serious concerns over the route, raising further the need to engage with and understand the impact on farmers.

Sir David Higgins has proposed bringing the building of Phase Two of the line forward by including a 43 mile stretch to Crewe, six years earlier than planned. He has also urged cross-party political consensus over the project as any Parliamentary delays would lead to added time and cost.

The NFU said it was increasingly concerned over the lack of time available to consult on how HS2 might have an impact of farmers’ businesses, their ability to make allowances for the effects on habitat – such as tree planting and grass meadows -especially given there is still no clear indication as to where the route would pass between Birmingham and Crewe.

Dr Andrew Clark, NFU head of policy services, said: “We recognise the importance of investing in the nation’s infrastructure to ensure better communication and transfer of goods and services. However, we are worried over a distinct lack of engagement with the farming community which will be directly affected by the proposed route as well as the Government’s refusal to consider prompt and adequate compensation for farming livelihoods damaged by this national project. HS2 really needs to do more to ensure all farmers and landowners are contacted and properly informed so they fully appreciate the impact on their businesses. We also know from our experience under Phase One that it is only since the publication of the Environmental Statement consultation that they have actually become fully aware of exactly how much land is likely to be taken from their holdings.

“The NFU is pleased to see that Sir David has stated that he has rejected any thoughts that the project should cut back on planned mitigation measures whether noise or environmental. These are vital for landowners and farmers. They will help reduce the impacts on hundreds of farming businesses and may help remaining businesses to continue during the disruption of the construction phase.


“Sir David also said that he is fully supporting the Government’s approach to property compensation. We have already said that we’d like to see the compensation schemes that have been consulted on brought in as soon as possible so that people suffering from blight can gain from the benefits of the different schemes.

“The NFU also backs Sir David’s call for greater connectivity. We have stated our support for the project to be integrated into the existing rail network if rural communities, which will be drastically affected by the construction, are to see any benefit from HS2.”

Download




Comments


No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)
Comment

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.



Jobs


Start Date: 3 July 2015
A429: German Speaking Warranty Specialist - West Midlands

De Lacy Executive seek a German speaking Warranty Specialist to work within the Technical Service Department of a Leading Agr...


Start Date: 3 July 2015
A432: Lead Assessor - UK & International

De Lacy Executive seeks a Lead Assessor for a rapidly expanding business that provides sustainability services and advice to ...


Start Date: 18 June 2015
Harvest Worker/ Tractor Driver >>> Northamptonshire

Family farm with 1750 acre of combinable crops needs a skilled English speaking Harvest tractor driver. You will be carrying ...


Start Date: 30 June 2015
Experienced and hard-working Tractor Driver/General Farm Worker, with good English required for busy, well-equipped potato/arable Farm in Chelmsford, Essex.

Hard working, competent & flexible Tractor Driver/Farm worker required for very busy well-equipped potato/arable farm in ...


Start Date: 22 June 2015
Full time job  2190 baler driver and Manitou operators>> Yorkshire

Contractor looking for 2190 baler drivers and Manitou operators, for the straw season.  Can lead to full time employment...





Top stories you may have missed
5 June 2015 | Cattle

A strong pound and increased red meat imports coupled with a plentiful dome...


5 June 2015 | Arable

Depression is affecting Wales' farming industry and there is a need to use ...


5 June 2015 | Arable

With just one week to go before the final judging and announcement of the w...


5 June 2015 | Finance

A rural law expert has highlighted the importance of good succession planni...


5 June 2015 | Farmshops

A south Yorkshire dairy farming family is pulling out all the stops to prom...


4 June 2015 | Finance

Predicting what is going to happen to wheat prices is a challenge, but in s...


4 June 2015 | Agri Safety

A Lancashire based livestock theft prevention scheme is aiming to go nation...


4 June 2015 | News

A female farmer has been recognised by the farming and conservation industr...


4 June 2015 | Finance

The new Conservative government appears to be preparing to implement cuts f...


4 June 2015 | Arable

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will have mobile support units at the follo...