HS2 in Hansard 21/11/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what discussions HS2 Ltd has had with (a)

relevant local authorities and (b) Lichfield District

Council on the relocation of residents and those properties

affected by High Speed 2; and if he will make a statement.

[174593]

Mr Goodwill: HS2 Ltd has had discussions with the

London Borough of Camden (LBC) about options for

relocating residents in social rented accommodation

directly affected by the scheme. It has also met

Birmingham City Council (BCC), to discuss similar

issues, and to discuss whether residents of a Traveller

Site affected by the scheme may require relocation.

HS2 Ltd has met Lichfield District Council about the

proposal by HS2 Ltd to demolish a cluster of rural

properties in Knox’s Grave Lane. The purpose of this

one meeting was to establish what Lichfield District

Council’s position was on the proposal by some local

residents to build a replacement group of houses elsewhere

within the District, and establish what role the Council

would expect HS2 Ltd to have in any planning application

by the residents to do this.

 

Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what discussions HS2 Ltd has had with (a)

local authorities and (b) Lichfield District Council

concerning the purchase and demolition of properties

in (i) England and (ii) Lichfield District which may be

required by HS2 Ltd. [174614]

Mr Goodwill: HS2 Ltd has had a number of discussions

with local authorities along the whole line of route to

discuss the general powers the nominated undertaker

will exercise to compulsorily purchase and demolish

properties.

HS2 Ltd has met Lichfield District Council about the

proposal by HS2 Ltd to demolish a cluster of rural

properties in Knox’s Grave Lane. The purpose of this

one meeting was to establish what Lichfield District

Council’s position was on the proposal by some local

residents to build a replacement group of houses elsewhere

within the District, and establish what role the Council

would expect HS2 Ltd to have in any planning application

by the residents to do this.

 

Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport if he will make funds available to compensate

individuals whose communities are affected by High

Speed 2 and whose homes are being purchased by HS2

Ltd before HS2 Ltd serves a blight notice. [174615]

 

Mr Goodwill: The Government and HS2 Ltd continues

to place a very high priority on mitigating the effects

that building a new railway will bring.We are committed

to fairly compensate those whose property is directly

affected by the HS2 project.

The Government has introduced discretionary

Exceptional Hardship Schemes (EHS) for properties

affected by both Phases of the railway.

Safeguarding directions have also been issued for

Phase One to protect the route from conflicting

development. This also triggers the statutory blight and

compensation regime for property owners within the

safeguarding area.

The Phase One Property Compensation Consultation,

which proposes a long term package of discretionary

compensation measures, is running until 4 December.

 

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

how many properties which have made applications to

the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme have not yet

received any offers while they have been advertised on

the open market. [176156]

 

Mr Goodwill: 342 out of 467 applications for the

Exceptional Hardship Scheme for Phase One of HS2

did not receive offers while the subject property was on

the open market. 28 out of 49 applications for the

equivalent Phase Two scheme did not receive offers

while the subject property was on the open market.

Statistics are compiled from information received

from applicants and estate agents. For these purposes,

HS2 Ltd treat reapplications to the scheme as separate

new applications, so offers made on properties whose

owners have applied more than once to the scheme have

been counted more than once. The total number of

applications excludes those where properties were not

placed on the open market. The total number of

applications for Phase One excludes those that were

withdrawn by the applicant or were transferred to the

Phase Two scheme.

 

 

ROYAL ASSENT

Madam Deputy Speaker (Mrs Eleanor Laing): I have

to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal

Assent Act 1967, that Her Majesty has signified her

Royal Assent to the following Act:

High Speed Rail (Preparation) Act 2013.

 

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