The Government has announced a new HS2 compensation package it has described as generous and comprehensive.
It says residents affected by the first phase of the proposed high-speed rail line will now get full market value for owner-occupied homes within 60m of the route, as well as extra compensation of up to £47,000.
Rural homeowners in a ‘voluntary purchase zone’ immediately outside the safeguarded area closest to the route will also be able to sell homes for their full unblighted value.
Other measures include a long-term hardship scheme for those who may need help moving during building work, and a sale and rent-back scheme will be introduced for homeowners who want to stay in homes which may eventually be needed for construction work.
The new compensation package will now be subject to a period of consultation until January 31 next year.