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25/04/2013
Consultation extension over HS2 route


Consultation extension over HS2 route

Written byHELEN KREFT

STAFFORDSHIRE County Council is to examine further information on compensation plans for HS2 communities – after a consultation deadline is extended.

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, has announced that people will now have until May 20 to have their say on the Exceptional Hardship Scheme.

The scheme for Phase 2 of the high speed link from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester is designed to help residents whose property has reduced in value and who can demonstrate a need to sell their property.

The proposed high speed network would pass through 45 miles of Staffordshire. The council has been working with other local authorities to provide a joint response on the hardship scheme.

Dean Sargeant, the council’s HS2 project manager, said: "We have been working with neighbouring authorities to help ensure that all residents affected, and not only those who may fall under the exceptional hardship scheme, get fair and just compensation.

"We now plan to examine the supplementary information provided by the Department for Transport and revise our response where appropriate.”

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