Property compensation scheme is ‘no different’
CAMPAIGNERS have criticised a new property compensation scheme designed to help more people affected by HS2.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced the new package on Friday last week.
It means that people and businesses between 60 and 120 metres from the line in rural areas can submit an application to HS2 Ltd to purchase their property at the full, un-blighted value.
The plans have been announced following a consultation, and replaces the previous Exceptional Hardship Scheme.
It now means that people who are not going to be immediately affected by HS2, but may be in the future, can apply for the compensation.
A residents’ charter has also been launched which is designed to make sure that people affected by the line are treated fairly and are fully communicated with during the building
A new scheme to help those effected by HS2 has been criticised by campaigners process.
Mr McLoughlin said: “This comprehensive package of compensation and assistance is looking after those people who live along the HS2 route while balancing our responsibilities to the taxpayer.
“People at the heart of this vital new railway will also benefit from HS2 Ltd’s new residents’ charter and the appointment of the residents’ commissioner, who will ensure that the commitments in the charter are upheld.”
However, campaigners against the line do not believe the scheme differs enough from previous compensation plans.
Chairman of Stop HS2, Penny Gaines, said: “There was a lot of ‘we’ve listened to what you say, but we’re ignoring it’ in the document.
“It’s quite clear that this was just another faux consultation aimed at making the government look like it was listening to what people had to say with no intention to make any changes to their plans.”