The Science and Technology Commons Select Committee has announced that it is to hold a one-off oral evidence session to look at the issue of Japanese Knotweed on foundations.
The evidence session follows on from the Court of Appeal decision in Network Rail Infrastructure Limited v Williams and Waistell where damages were awarded to homeowners affected where Japanese Knotweed had spread from Network Rail land.
The case suggested that Japanese Knotweed can cause serious damage to foundations yet a report published soon after the case suggested that the plant is no more damaging than other species.
The Select Committee’s engagement event is planned for 21 January 2019 at Westminster to explore “the science behind the effects of Japanese knotweed on the built environment”.
The committee is seeking both industry experts and homeowners to contribute to the session by providing information on the scientific evidence that exists on the effects of Japanese Knotweed on the built environment; how the presence of Japanese Knotweed in the UK affects mortgage lending decisions and property valuations; and whether mortgage lending decisions relating to the presence of Japanese Knotweed are currently based on sound scientific evidence. The session will also look at what guidance for the sector currently exists, the impact of existing legislation, and how else evidence-based responses to the presence of Japanese Knotweed can be encouraged.
All written submissions must be provided by 31 December and cab be submitted here.