Exceptional Hardship Scheme: Phase Two (West Midlands to Manchester and Leeds)

This consultation is now closed.

On 17 July 2013 the Government has launched the Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS) for Phase Two. The Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd have now published Ipsos MORI’s report summarising the responses received.

Download the report summary.

A ‘decisions document’ outlining the Government’s response to those issues has also been published. You can find more details about this document and other information relating to the EHS for Phase Two, including the application form and accompanying guidance, here.

If you wish to view your response to the consultation, please contact HS2 Public Enquiries Team at HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk or on 020 7944 4908.

On 28 January 2013 the Secretary of State announced the launched of the Phase Two Exceptional Hardship Scheme consultation.

On 25 April the Government published supplementary information regarding the consultation and announced the extension of the consultation by three weeks. The consultation closed on 20 May 2013.  
The additional information consisted of:

  • the summary of feedback received on the operation on the EHS for Phase One
  • data about the operation of the EHS for Phase One
  • a study of property blight around the Phase One route

Download the Supplementary Information Note (pdf)

Download the study of property blight on Phase One (pdf)

You can visit the Department for Transport website to view the Written Ministerial Statement

Exceptional Hardship Scheme

Most large infrastructure projects compensate property owners only at a later stage of development, when statutory compensation measures apply. Given the time it will take to develop HS2, the Government recognises that an earlier discretionary scheme is an important means of helping those property owners who are most severely affected by the proposals. The Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS) is intended as an interim measure which would remain in place until such time as the statutory compensation measures apply.

This consultation asked for  views on the detail of the Government’s proposal to introduce a discretionary Exceptional Hardship Scheme for Phase Two of HS2.

The scheme would be available to eligible residential and small business owner-occupiers whose property value may be affected by the initial preferred route options for Phase Two of the network and who can demonstrate that they have an urgent need to sell. It would provide a mechanism by which those who meet the criteria can sell their property to the Government for the unaffected market value. The consultation document (which you can find below) provides details of the Government’s proposals for:

  • The categories of property owners whose interests this scheme is intended to assist;
  • The criteria against which applications would be considered; and
  • The application process.

   
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Resources

Below is a list of the documents respondents were advised to read prior to responding to this consultation.

Phase Two Exceptional Hardship Scheme consultation document

The Consultation Document contains the details of the proposal and sets out the questions on which the Government is seeking feedback through this consultation process:

Phase Two Exceptional Hardship Scheme consultation document

The Consultation Document contains the details of the proposal and sets out the questions on which the Government is seeking feedback through this consultation process:

Download the Exceptional Hardship Scheme Consultation Document

Phase Two Exceptional Hardship Scheme consultation response form

For further information on how to submit a response for this consultation, please refer to the ‘How to Respond’ section of this website:

Download the Exceptional Hardship Scheme Consultation Response Form

Phase Two Exceptional Hardship Scheme leaflet

Summaries of the key consultation proposals have been produced. For more information on each proposal, please refer to the Consultation Document available above:

Download the Exceptional Hardship Scheme Leaflet

The Heathrow spur: Description of HS2 Ltd’s recommended route and station options

This document contains the description of the Heathrow spur and the map of the high speed route towards Heathrow including sustainability features:

Download the Heathrow spur: Description of HS2 Ltd’s recommended route and station options