January 2015

HS2 Phase 1 – Exceptional Hardship Replaced by Need to Sell ‘within three years’

HS2 recently announced their latest set of discretionary compensation schemes for property owners along the Phase 1 route. The provisions have long been anticipated and as a result the reaction of the Select Committee members to the announcement was more interesting than the announcement itself. Sir Peter Bottomley was particularly keen to leave the administrators in no doubt about how he expects the new Need to Sell scheme to operate, having been critical of the Exceptional Hardship Scheme that preceded it.

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New Phase 1 Discretionary Compensation Schemes Announced by HS2

On 16 January 2015 HS2 Limited announced a new set of discretionary compensation schemes which will immediately apply to Phase 1 of the project. This blog provides an overview of the four new compensation packages

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Weird and wonderful tales from the HS2 Select Committee

Appearing at the Select Committee to give evidence to a panel of MPs can be a stressful experience for landowners. This blog provides an insight in to how negotiations can continue right up to the very last minute, and how Committee members have been known to demonstrate potential noise impacts using an Iphone App…..

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HS2 Release First Instalment of Register of Undertakings and Assurances

The first instalment of the HS2 Register of Undertakings and Assurances was recently published. This blog highlights some of the more interesting assurances that have been provided and explains how assurances that we have negotiated allow our clients to plan for the future with greater financial certainty.

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