Farmers whose land will be affected by the HS2 rail line from London will be offered an initial £1,000 for contractors to access their land in the early stages of developing the route.

The deal has been thrashed out by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) with HS2 for the environmental impact assessments related to the line.

The initial £1,000 payment will be split between landlord and tenant where the land is tenanted, and additional payments will be made if further environmental surveys are needed.

In addition HS2 has agreed to pay for any damage or losses as a result.

NFU president Peter Kendall said the agreement was a positive first step in “making sure the government sticks to its promises on compensation and mitigation”.

A comprehensive code of conduct has also been agreed which HS2 and its contractors must adhere to during the survey work.

Bernard Tompkins, 77, owns a 50-acre beef cattle farm at Little Kings Ash Farm, near The Lee, which is close to the proposed £33bn London to Birmingham route.

He said: “There will be a massive amount of disruption although no one yet knows the full impact, but we’re very worried.

“We’ve had this farm for a long time and it is a lovely, magical place.”

His daughter Sally Tompkins, 47, is also involved in running the farm. “This is an area of outstanding natural beauty which is going to be blighted massively.

“We’re all very concerned,” she said.

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