Today’s Queen’s Speech will propose new laws that allow fracking companies to drill under people’s homes without permission.
However reducing individual’s rights to their own land is part of the story behind HS2, not just part of the fracking proposals.
Clauses 51 & 52 of the HS2 Phase 1 Hybrid Bill allow for anyone nominated by HS2 Ltd to have ‘right of entry’ to any property within 500 metres of any property near any other future high-speed line, even if no plans have been published. Refusal to admit entry could be a criminal offence.
We asked in our petition to the Bill Committee that these clauses were deleted: property owners of Phase 1 have often refused entry to property due to the attitude of HS2 Ltd. Many home and land owners had no communications from HS2 Ltd until they wanted access to land, after the main consultation had concluded. And that was without a legal right of entry!
People concerned about tracking should also be concerned about these clauses in the HS2 Hybrid Bill, because they might be used to set a precedent.