London, UK (PRWEB UK) 15 March 2013
Campaigners against HS2 were left disappointed this morning (15 March) when the High Court threw out most of the legal objections against the scheme. (Case no.CO/3467/2012).
Although there could be further challenges from campaigners the controversial project now looks likely to go ahead.
The judge presiding over last year’s five Judicial Reviews ruled in favour of the government in nine out of 10 areas of dispute (Case no.CO/3467/2012, see below for full details).
Perhaps, most crucially, Justice Ouseley dismissed claims that the 2011 consultation on HS2 strategy and the route between London and Birmingham (Phase 1) was unfair and unlawful.
Rerunning this consultation could have delayed the HS2 project significantly.
The only challenge that was upheld related to the way the consultation on compensation measures for those property owners affected had been carried out.
Justice Ouseley said the process was unfair because consultees were not provided with enough information and the criteria by which compensation options were considered were not adequately explained. He also found that the government had not fully considered HS2 Action Alliance’s detailed consultation response on compensation.
In order not to delay its timetable for HS2, the government has already announced that it will not appeal the ruling, but will re-run the consultation.
HS2 minister Simon Burns said: “The judge has categorically given the green light for the government to press ahead without delay in building a high speed railway from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
“The judgement ensures that nothing now stands in the way of taking our plans to parliament. We will now move forward as planned with the crucial business of getting the scheme ready for construction in 2017.”
James Del Mar, Heads of Knight Frank’s HS2 team, said the ruling was the worst possible outcome for affected property owners.
“Not only has the court thrown out most of the arguments against HS2, but the one objection it has ruled in favour of means that we now face more uncertainty over what compensation people will be entitled over to.”
Mr Del Mar said anybody affected by HS2 should now start planning for the worst. “It is now vital that those with property along the route start putting together all the information needed to ensure they get the compensation that they are entitled to when the full details are finally decided on after the new consultation.”
Judicial Review challenges rejected
Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive
Judicial Review challenge upheld
James Del Mar, Head of HS2 Team, Knight Frank:
+44 (0) 7767 633915, james.del.mar(at)knightfrank(dot)com
Charlotte Palmer, Country PR Manager, Knight Frank:
+44 (0) 20 7861 5037, charlotte.palmer(at)knightfrank(dot)com
Notes to Editors
Knight Frank and HS2
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