Caroline Spelman, MP for the Meriden Constituency, calls for constituents to note the launch of the full package of compensation measures for property owners affected by Phase One of HS2. Applications are now being accepted for the voluntary purchase, cash offer and ‘need-to-sell’ schemes. Information about the nature and extent of the compensation measures will be communicated to the residents and communities affected by the construction of the line.
The express purchase, voluntary purchase and cash offer schemes are available for those residents living closest to the line. For people affected by HS2 who have a compelling reason to sell their house but are unable to do so because of HS2, the government will pay the full, unblighted value of the property under the ‘need to sell’ scheme. This scheme has no boundary.
Property owners affected by Phase One of HS2 will be offered a single named officer to deal with throughout the process, and will be offered the opportunity to meet in private with a property specialist from HS2 Ltd. HS2 Ltd have committed to responding to enquiries within a reasonable time. To ensure the principles and commitments of the Residents’ Charter are upheld, a Residents’ Commissioner will be appointed.
Caroline Spelman commented, ‘Although I am glad HS2 Ltd recognise the importance of fair and straightforward compensation packages and are committed to dealing with residents swiftly and considerately, there is still work to do to ensure the best compensation and mitigation measures for my constituents. I will continue to fight to maintain local biodiversity, to establish a tunnel at Berkswell and for more flexible and comprehensive compensation.’