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

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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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