Now that the Phase 1 Hybrid Bill has been published, what should you do next on HS2?

The High Speed 2 (HS2) Bill London — West Midlands had its first reading in Parliament on 25 November 2013. It was accompanied by an environmental statement (ES) and supporting documentation that amounts to approximately 50,000 pages.

To understand the full effects of HS2 on your land and interests on a temporary and permanent basis, it will be necessary to review this documentation. Even if land is not being taken, the construction impacts could be severe.

There is now an eight-week consultation process on the ES, during which anyone can make representations on the content of the ES (and specifically the environmental impacts of HS2), the alternatives including route alignments and the HS2 project generally. The deadline for submitting representations is 24 January 2014. If you are concerned about any aspects of Phase 1 of the HS2 project, it is recommended that you submit representations by this date. In spring 2014, there will be a period during which petitions (objections and representations) against the bill can be made. In this briefing, Nabarro sets out the next steps…

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