Homeowners advised to seek advice on HS2 compensation
Details of the route for the second phase of rail line are due to be revealed next year
The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, has revealed a range of new developments on the second phase of the route, which will run between the Midlands and the north of the country.
A final route for phase two of the high speed line is expected to be announced in 2016, two years later than originally anticipated, but will go north and then fork into two directions to Manchester and Yorkshire.
That will mean that properties in Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Sheffield, Leeds and Greater Manchester could be affected alongside land and property in Bucks, Berkshire, Greater London, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Coventry, Warwickshire and West Midlands, which are set to be affected by phase one.
A range of compensation packages have been introduced by HS2 Ltd along the route for phase one, but now many of those options will become available for people living near to the second phase of the line.
Property consultancy firm Hamer Associates, which specialises in compulsory purchase, particularly around HS2, has questioned why the introduction of additional compensation should be delayed now that details of phase 2a, running between Fradley and Crewe, have been confirmed.
Jonathan Stott, of the firm, said: “I am sure now more details are emerging about the route for phase 2a we will see enquiries rise from those who feel they may be entitled to compensation because their property or land is blighted by HS2.
“It’s not a case of one size fits all. There is an express purchase option, a voluntary purchase scheme and an exceptional hardship scheme, as well as a simple cash offer and homeowner payments.
“They will all come with their own conditions attached and some will be more suitable than others for individual land and property owners but it is unclear why only the express purchase scheme is being made immediately available for phase 2a especially given that the other proposed schemes are already operating effectively on phase 1
“We anticipate that the additional schemes will be available to applicants in Spring 2016 so we would urge people who believe their property might be affected by phase 1 and phase 2a of HS2 to get in touch with us immediately in order for us to help work out the best option.”
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