CAMPAIGNERS fear homeowners affected by HS2 will get little or no help from the compensation packages announced last month.
The government has said householders within a ‘safeguarding zone’ will be entitled to sell their property at market value, with an additional 10 per cent, up to £47,000.
In Greater London this zone is just 60m wide, whereas elsewhere homes up to 250m from the route will be compensated.
Keri Brennan, chairwoman of Hillingdon Against HS2, said: “We believe that in order to have the government purchase your home if you live in the safeguarding zone, you have to show you have tried and failed to sell the house for 12 months.
“People whose homes are valued at £300,000 could get about £240,000 if they get the government to purchase their house. That is a huge loss.
“A lot of homes fall partly within the safeguarding zone, not fully, so they will not get anything from the compensation package.”
The issue will be raised at the next community forum, at the end of this month, when campaigners and people affected by the line will meet HS2 officials to try to clarify the situation.
Ms Brennan said she is still not sure how many homes would be subject to a compulsory purchase order (CPO).
“People are notified individually to say their homes will be subject to a CPO. So far one person has come forward but we believe there are more out there.”
Campaign groups are organising information days about the compensation packages and are asking people not to send any consultations back to the Department for Transport until the full facts about safeguarding, compensation and compulsory purchase in the borough are known.
The Gazette is permitted to attend and report on the community forums on condition it does not quote any HS2 officials.
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