Wheels in motion for HS2 compensation
Homeowner Payment Scheme on offer to those affected
ARE you worried about the impact HS2 will have on the area you live?
One of the ways the government is trying to mitigate the negative impact of the high-speed rail link from London Euston to the West Midlands is to offer payments to those living and working in the worst affected areas.
HS2 will run in a tunnel underneath most of London, but emerges at a point near West Ruislip and Ickenham.
Trains will proceed into Buckinghamshire over the Colne Valley viaduct, which may lead to the closure of the Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre.
The Homeowner Payment (HOP) Scheme gives a cash payment to people living in areas where the railway is not in a tunnelled section.
There are three payment zones, starting from 120 metres from the centre of the track to 300 metres away.
If as little as 25% of your property is inside one of the zones, you can apply for a payment through the HOP scheme up until a year after the railway line is operational, which is expected to be 2026.
People living in zone one, 120m to 180m away from the centre of the line, are entitled to a payment of £22,500; zone two, from 180m to 240m away, can claim £15,000; and zone three claimants who live up to 300m away can get £7,500.
In order to claim under the HOP Scheme you have to be the homeowner or occupier-homeowner of a private residence, business premises or agricultural unit.
Your home or 25% of your total property area, including your house and garden, must be within one of the HOP zones and you must have bought the property before April 9 2014, when the scheme was first proposed by the government.
Trains will enter Bucks via the Colne Valley viaduct
A bird’s eye view over the affected area in west London