Delay in compensation prolongs uncertainty for those on HS2 route, says CLA

08 October 2013

The CLA today (13 July) said homes and businesses affected by the High Speed Two (HS2) rail line face prolonged uncertainty over compensation packages after the Government delayed a consultation until after Parliament returns in early September.

The Association had previously urged the Government to order an immediate and comprehensive review of compulsory purchase law for all private acquisitions.

CLA President Harry Cotterell said: "Land and property owners along the HS2 route deserve an early consultation on a non-statutory blight compensation scheme.

"The commitment by the minster to go 'above and beyond' the statutory requirements for compensation is welcome but this delay prolongs the uncertainty for those affected, leaving land, homes, businesses and lives in limbo."

Mr Cotterell added: "Current compulsory purchase orders do not provide adequate protection for property owners. Those who stand to lose homes and businesses because of this rail route must be treated fairly and compensation resolved quickly."

Read the Written Ministerial Statement on HS2 London to West Midlands Property Compensation.