Latest HS2 route amendments

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Advice for latest HS2 route amendments

December 2010

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On 20th December 2010 the Transport Secretary Philip Hammond gave his latest announcement to the Commons on the proposed high speed rail (HS2). He confirmed the government broadly agreed with the chosen HS2 rail route, and that there would be compensation for many home owners not directly affected by the scheme.

The Transport Secretary said that 50% of the preferred route published in March had been amended. He stated "I am confident that solutions have now been found which can significantly mitigate the impacts of the railway at local level.”

He later went on to say "Despite our best efforts at mitigation, we will not be able to avoid all impacts on property values.”

Stephen Rutledge of Fisher German comments on the latest maps issued by HS2 on 20th December. “Many of the changes the Transport Secretary refers to were in fact announced in September as part of HS2’s Refining Report on the Preferred Route 3. However, there are some minor changes in the latest maps available and I would urge those people close to the Preferred Route 3 to check for any changes.”

Mr Hammond has asked his officials to prepare a range of options for a scheme assisting those who would see a significant diminution of value in the property even if it is not directly required for construction.

The forthcoming consultation will include proposals for such a scheme, which will sit alongside the statutory blight regime which covers those whose properties would need to be taken to build the line.

Stephen Rutledge comments “HS2 need to announce soon a compensation scheme for home owners near the route which provides compensation when the home owner needs it, rather than waiting for the scheme to be completed”.

At present HS2 are operating their discretionary Exceptional Hardship Scheme for home owners who prove a need to sell their properties now. However, this scheme will close once the route is safeguarded and statutory blight provisions apply, but only for properties required for the scheme. Mr Hammond’s latest proposal scheme would be in addition to the statutory provisions.

If you are concerned that the latest published route impacts upon your property and that you need professional advice then please contact Stephen Rutledge at Fisher German on 01295 226292 or email stephen.rutledge@fishergerman.co.uk
 

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