Industry insights, updates and blogs from our expert team of surveyors

HS2 North route

The cost of HS2 could well rise beyond current predictions due to a “property inertia” on the northern section of the route which is set to cost millions more than needed. Land and property holders in the major cities affected by the second half of HS2 have signalled their willingness to sell their assets to […]



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Latest video: a minority government’s impact on housing and infrastructure…

Edward Jones, our Head of Easements & Wayleaves, gives his views on what the Conservative minority government’s policy might look like in terms of UK housing and infrastructure and his thoughts on the appointment of Alok Sharma for Minister of State for Housing and Planning. For further developments on housing and infrastructure, subscribe below:



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Gateley Hamer expands team with two key appointments

Specialist property consultancy, Gateley Hamer, has expanded its team in Birmingham with the appointment of Edward Jones, new Head of Easements & Wayleaves and Surveyor Camilla Horsfall. Edward joins from Carter Jonas where he was an associate partner for two years. Prior to that he worked for Dalcour Maclaren and Savills, specialising in utilities and […]



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Media Release

HS2 has finally received Royal Assent this week and the impending commencement of works could cause a ‘scramble’ for business properties in the Birmingham region, according to an expert on the new line.



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High Speed 2 Phase One receives Royal Assent

Just 1,185 days after the hybrid Bill was first published it has finally received Royal Assent. Our team has been involved every step of the way, negotiating assurances and agreements on behalf of clients, giving evidence to select committees and working hard to obtain certainty for the various businesses that we represent.



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No clawing back HS2 costs through regeneration opportunities

The Government will not be able to claw back any of the £55bn projected costs on HS2 through regeneration opportunities created by the scheme, following a decision by MPs. Jonathan Stott, Managing Director of Gateley Hamer with significant experience working for businesses affected by HS2, said MPs has rubber-stamped changes recently proposed by the House […]



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HS2 Phase 2 and what the latest announcement means

The top half of the inverted ‘Y’ that represents Phase 2 of the High Speed 2 network was safeguarded by the Government yesterday. Over a year later than originally planned, the Government has moved another step closer to finalising the alignment for the route between Birmingham and Manchester to the west and Sheffield and Leeds […]



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Generous Heathrow CPOs could have long-term implications

The £2billion pay-off to land and property owners close to Heathrow could have “long-term implications” on other major infrastructure projects. Around 800 homes will be demolished and hundreds of businesses displaced if and when work finally begins on expanding the airport. But Heathrow has established a ‘Compulsory Purchase Order Zone’ that includes 4,500 homes and […]



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Gateley acquires Hamer Associates

National full-service commercial law firm Gateley has acquired Birmingham-based specialist property consultancy Hamer Associates in a £2.05 million deal. Hamer Associates, to be renamed Gateley Hamer, is the second acquisition Gateley has made since the Group’s admission to AIM in June 2015. In April, the firm acquired specialist property business Gateley Capitus. Founded in 2000 […]



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Hamer ideas taken on board in new Neighbourhood Planning Bill

It’s only a couple of months since I presented at the Compulsory Purchase Association national conference, putting forward a case for standardising the ability for acquiring authorities to take temporary possession of land and establishing a framework for assessing compensation. My ‘conclusions’ slide said: Temporary powers are necessary but procedure for use and compensation is […]



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