Wheels in mo­tion for HS2 com­pen­sa­tion

Home­owner Pay­ment Scheme on of­fer to those af­fected

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twitter: @qasim­per­acha

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

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