HS2 in Hansard 04/03/2013

 

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what compensation is available for property

owners in cases where the sale of a domestic property

could not be completed as a result of circumstances

attributable to his recent announcement on the initial

preferred route for High Speed 2. [145346]

Mr Simon Burns: The Government is consulting on

its proposal to introduce a discretionary Exceptional

Hardship Scheme for Phase Two of HS2 which would

be available to eligible residential and small business

owner-occupiers whose property value may be affected

by the proposed route and who can demonstrate that

they have a need to sell their property before the statutory

protection takes effect. The consultation document is

available on the HS2 Ltd website at

http://www.hs2.org.uk/have-your-say/consultations/phase-two

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport when he was made aware by officials in his

Department that a paving Bill would be necessary in

order to continue progress on the High Speed 2 project.

[145753]

Mr Simon Burns: The Secretary of State for Transport,

my right hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire Dales

(MrMcLoughlin), has emphasised the need to maintain

progress on High Speed 2 and minimise delays to the

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project. He formally took the decision to propose the

introduction of a paving Bill at the beginning of this

year.

Alec Shelbrooke: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport whether the application to and allocation of

the exceptional hardship scheme for phase two of High

Speed 2 will be decided under the same criteria as the

exceptional hardship scheme for phase one of High

Speed 2. [146207]

Mr Simon Burns: We are consulting on the proposed

Exceptional Hardship Scheme for Phase Two of High

Speed 2. We are proposing that applications should be

considered against the same criteria as those for Phase

One. We are also proposing that when an application is

successful the property should be valued on the same

basis as for Phase One, which is that the Government

would buy properties at their unblighted market value.

The consultation document can be found at

http://www.hs2.org.uk/have-your-say/consultations

Consultation closes on 29 April.

 

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/chan123.pdf

 

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