The Crossrail 2 safeguarding consultation has just been launched.
No decision has been taken on the construction of the line. However, the consultation shows how the thinking of Crossrail 2 has evolved since 2008 when the last “safeguarding directions” were put in place. It is also an opportunity for businesses to consider the likely effect of the consultation proposals on their landholdings and to see how the proposals can be influenced. The Government is aiming to crystallise the safeguarding changes as soon as it can next year.
Safeguarding protects the land from conflicting development should the go-ahead be given for the Crossrail 2 scheme. If a decision is taken to safeguard the land, businesses which wish to develop property or land within the affected areas will have to consult Transport for London as part of the planning process. At its most extreme, development that would otherwise be acceptable can be refused permission if the scheme would be incompatible with Crossrail 2. Landowners with development aspirations will therefore want to consider the latest draft plans carefully. As most of the proposed route is underground those more likely to be directly affected by safeguarding are developments involving deeper foundations, but there are also to be new stations and other sites of “surface interest” that could be taken permanently or temporarily by the use of CPO powers.
At BLP we have the UK’s number one ranked planning and CPO team who have considerable experience in advising land owners and developers on these issues, having already advised many on the impacts from Crossrail 1 and HS2.