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25.04.13

HS2 exceptional hardship scheme – consultation extended

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has extended the consultation for the HS2 (EHS). It covers properties affected by Phase Two of the project, between the West Midlands and Manchester and Leeds.

The new closing date for the consultation is May 20. The DfT has also published supplementary information regarding the consultation, including a summary of feedback on the operation of the EHS for Phase One, data about the operation of the EHS for Phase One and a study of property blight around the London-Birmingham route.

The EHS is an early discretionary scheme to help property owners most severely affected by HS2 and is intended as an interim measure until statutory compensation measures apply.

McLoughlin said: “The Government is committed to delivering a compensation scheme that is fair and appropriate both to those directly affected by HS2 and to taxpayers. We have been clear all along that we want to get compensation to the people who need it as quickly as possible and this remains our intention.”

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