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Property or land affected by HS2? Your views are wanted

Aylesbury's MP Rob Butler is looking to hear about how the compensation scheme has gone.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:46am 4th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Property or land affected by HS2? Your views are wanted

People having to sell their home because of HS2 are being asked for their views by Aylesbury's MP.

Rob Butler says he wants to hear about those whose land is affected as well, as part of a review into compensation and treatment of those near the route.

He said now is the moment to speak up.

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Along with other MPs on the route of Phase 1 of the railway, Rob has been asked by the HS2 minister, Andrew Stephenson MP, to provide feedback so that the minister can review HS2 Ltd’s current processes.

This could potentially mean changes for the future.

Rob said:

“I have had many complaints from constituents about the way they have been treated by HS2 Ltd – compensation being paid late, failure to comply with written agreements and assurances, accessing land before payment has been issued and undertaking work with little warning for property owners.

“When the prime minister announced the approval of HS2 in February, he said there must be a step change in HS2’s performance and improvements in transparency and accountability. This includes a renewed focus on placing people - the communities and individuals who will be impacted by the new railway - at the heart of everything."

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The MP said he was pleased that the HS2 minister is following through on this, with his request for feedback on what HS2 Ltd has done so far.

They also want to hear new ideas, 'however ambitious and innovative they may be', which could help improve the experience of property owners, businesses and other residents affected by HS2.

Rob continued:

“This is the moment for local people to speak up about what’s gone wrong, and how it could be improved in future. Time is tight, as I have less than ten days to collect the information, analyse it and then pass it to the minister. So please send your comments by Tuesday 9 June, to rob.butler.mp@parliament.uk with the subject heading “HS2 land and property review.

“Please bear in mind that this review is specifically about land and property acquisition, not about HS2 overall, or other issues related to the line. As always, I continue to challenge ministers on those at every opportunity, and I will continue to do so.”

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