Right to be heard’ (previously referred to as ‘locus standi’) is the term used to define those who have sufficient connection to the High Speed Two (HS2) Phase 2a hybrid Bill to have their petition heard before the Select Committee.
Petitioners are those whose property or interests are ‘specially and directly affected’ by the Bill, with challenges being made by the Secretary of State and action decided by the Select Committee. A petition can be challenged if the promoter of the Bill disagrees that there is a direct and special effect. In that event, the Committee decides whether there is a right to be heard. You will be notified if your petition is to be challenged.
These documents provide further information relating to right to be heard challenges in the House of Commons.