Midlands Metro extension and HS2 – and potential compulsory purchase

January 12th 2018

The announcement at the end of 2017 of £250m funding for the extension of the Midland Metro to Brierley Hill is fantastic news for the West Midlands, and will open up sites for housing and regeneration, whilst reconnecting Dudley and Brierley Hill to the rail network for the first time in decades. Work has also already started on the extension from New Street Station up to Brindley Place and along Broad Street to Five Ways.  

Of course, as with major all transport infrastructure projects and as we have seen with the work already underway on HS2, compulsory purchase will be a likely consequence of transformational expansion as decisions on the exact location of the detailed routes becomes clearer.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors defines compulsory purchase as where a public body is allowed to take a property (which means land and/or buildings) by right where it is needed in the public interest.

Pennycuick Collins has built a niche practice in advising individuals and businesses who are subject to compulsory purchase and our specialist surveyors have a thorough understanding of the issues which are invariably complex.  We have successfully negotiated fair outcomes for many clients which recompense those affected, reflecting the market value of their assets as well as the consequential disturbance, potential loss of profit and expenses related to relocation. 

The long term benefits of the Midland Metro extension, HS2 and other mooted rail expansion schemes will be significant for the regional economy, but we shouldn’t underestimate the impact on those with property and land dotted along the proposed routes.  If you think you or your business might be affected by the plans, contact Richard Thorne or Richard Moxon on 0121 456 1700.