The scandal of the HS2 homewreckers

The scandal of the HS2 homewreckers: Residents railroaded out of the houses they loved to make way for new high-speed line… only for it to be rerouted

  • Dozens of homes were bought by the Government for the for the controversial HS2 335-mile network
  • HS2 changed route in 3 parts of the country, leaving it with properties worth £21m on land it no longer needs
  • Many of those who needlessly sold to HS2 believe they were not given a fair price for their properties 

Millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money has been wasted buying up homes to make way for the controversial HS2 project – because the high-speed route has now been changed.

More than a dozen homes, ranging from country estates in picturesque villages to detached houses in urban areas, were bought by the Government after it announced HS2’s 335-mile network from London to Birmingham, and then to Leeds and Manchester.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4260178/The-scandal-HS2-homewreckers.html#ixzz4ZpMipmLx

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4 Responses to The scandal of the HS2 homewreckers

  1. reg reader says:

    One of the people “railroaded” in the Mail on Sunday piece featured above is Tory MP Andrew Bridgen – here is very different Daily Mail story on his house sale.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3308649/Taxpayer-buys-2m-HS2-mansion-MP-just-s-getting-divorced-Tory-sold-eight-bed-Georgian-property-hardship-scheme-homes-blighted-high-speed-line.html

  2. Colin Tawn says:

    Hmmmm………..
    Andrew Bridgen buys a house for £2.1milion and the state buys it from him for £1.9million
    That is a £200k loss whichever way you do the maths or about a 9.5% loss on his initial purchase.
    My understanding is HS2 is supposed to pay above market price for homes they buy plus associated costs, or does that only apply Oop North?

    • reg reader says:

      Colin,
      although I have a very real and personal interest in the compensation – if it goes back to the original route, I simply can never keep up with the actual amounts and criteria for claims,but most importantly it all depends on just how far the building (or the end of its garden or something) is from the track.

      I was just highlighting the differences between the Daily and Sunday Mail – a regular sujject of Private Eye.

    • reg reader says:

      Colin
      this appears to be the latest documentation;
      https://www.gov.uk/claim-compensation-if-affected-by-hs2
      enjoy!

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