High Speed 2 Railway Line

Department for Transport written question – answered on 26th July 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many houses, premises and plots of land have been requisitioned so far to enable the construction of HS2; and in how many instances the due proportion of the compulsory purchase price was not paid upfront.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

As of 30 June 2018, HS2 Ltd have permanently acquired 170 properties through Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) and/ or private agreements. A party whose land is compulsorily acquired for HS2 Phase One can make a request for an advance payment at any time. On the basis adequate information is available upon which to assess matters, a payment is due upon the date of possession or three months from the date of request, whichever is later. Alternatively, a payment will be due on the dates/events identified in any private agreement between the parties. There is no requirement for a payment in advance of possession although HS2 Ltd can provide financial assistance up to a value of £250,000 for businesses who require cash-flow support in advance of a compulsory purchase.

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