HS2: Safeguarding announcement ignores adequate compensation

28 October 2013

The CLA says that while the announcement on formal safeguarding of the HS2 route would allow property owners suffering compulsory purchase to seek early settlement, those choosing not to move would continue to suffer as Government once more ignores the issue of adequate compensation.

CLA Midlands Rural Surveyor Richard Goodwin said: "The safeguarding will allow some owners to seek early purchase of their property by HS2. However, the procedure on statutory blight is complex and may not necessarily mean that HS2 will be under an obligation to purchase the property.

"Landowners wanting to stay put may suffer from further blight and uncertainty as HS2 will be able to veto any planning applications that it believes may affect the route.

"With all this uncertainty, adequate compensation must be prioritised by the Government and we have called for HS2 to introduce a Property Bond Scheme to help those blighted by the project."

The CLA has been monitoring the progress of the HS2 project since its inception, and has been collecting evidence to help the Association lobby for a fairer deal for those affected by the scheme.

Mr Goodwin adds: "We are working hard to lessen the impact of this scheme on our members and those who are directly affected by HS2, so please contact at the Midlands Regional Office if you are affected. Case studies are crucial if we are to lobby successfully."