Impact assessment for safeguarding of the HS2 Phase One route between London and the West Midlands.
This impact assessment sets out evidence for the impact of the Phase One safeguarding directions for the HS2 route between London and the West Midlands.
High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd recommends a safeguarding zone because it offers a balance between the need to protect land and property for construction and operational purposes, and the legitimate rights of land owners not to have their right to develop infringed unnecessarily.
A narrower zone would run a significantly higher risk that some subsequent developments would interfere with HS2 Ltd’s needs. A wider zone would place a greater restriction on development without significantly reducing the risks to the project.