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HS2 statutory blight and express purchase: guidance and frequently asked questions

A guide to inform you about Statutory Blight and Express Purchase in the safeguarding zone.

As well as helping to protect the land needed to construct and operate High Speed Two (HS2), the safeguarding directions also trigger something known as ‘Statutory Blight’.

‘Statutory Blight’ is when a property owner is within the safeguarded area and may be eligible to serve a Blight Notice asking the Secretary of State for Transport to buy their property prior to it being needed for construction of HS2.

Please ensure you have read the guidance on this page prior to serving a Blight Notice.

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8 June 2018
8 June 2021