Apply for blight notices for HS2

Published September 20th, 2016

Progress of the new HS2 High Speed rail network connecting London to Birmingham and Lichfield (Phase 1) with extensions to Manchester and the north has been further advanced with the announcement that the government wants the first part of Phase 2 – the route between the West Midlands and Crewe – to open in 2027, six years ahead of the rest of Phase 2.

This first section, referred to as Phase 2A, will be subject to its own hybrid bill, which the Government hopes to deposit in Parliament in 2017.

Property owners along the Phase 2A route, which passes north of Lichfield and Stafford, through to Stone and south of Newcastle under Lyne to Crewe, should check whether they qualify for Statutory Blight payments.

“A Statutory Blight Notice allows a qualifying property owner-occupier within the Safeguarded Zone to sell their property to HS2 at its un-blighted open market value,” explained Marcus Blake, HS2 specialist with Berrys.

“In addition, those property owners who have a Blight Notice accepted can claim for other costs such as Home Loss Payments and Stamp Duty on replacement property, removal costs, legal fees and a broad range of other items associated with a property move,” Marcus explained.


“We have extensive success in obtaining Blight Notices for clients and then negotiating a bespoke full and comprehensive claim that allows the home owner to move away prior to the construction of the HS2 scheme.”

HS2 consultants are also seeking early access licences to allow their appointed contractors onto private property along the route. Under these discretionary licences HS2 seek to carry out either ecology surveys for the potential presence of bats, badger, newts, etc. or to carry out ground investigation surveys including boring, trial pits, etc.

“Berrys has specialists experienced in acting for land owners and occupiers to ensure that the best terms and payments are achieved where such discretionary licences are signed,” Marcus added.

For further advice on all matters relating to Phase 1 of HS2 contact Marcus Blake at the Towcester office on 01327 356140 or email or for advise related to Phase 2, contact Graham Bowcock at the Northwich office on 01606 818953, email

You can view the Safeguarding plans for phase 2A at



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More about Marcus Blake

Chartered Surveyor
Tel: 01327 356143
Mobile: 07789 221559

Marcus is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. He joined Berrys in 2011 as a Senior Practitioner.

Marcus has a background advising landowners, farmers and charities on a broad spectrum of work, valuation and estate management advice. He can assist on the sale and purchase of rural and development property, whether by private sale or auction. Working with land owners, charities and developers, Marcus has practical experience on a diverse range of planning and development projects. He can provide advice on small, medium and large scale schemes, plus Option and Promotion Agreements. Since 2010 Marcus has advised property owners on all aspects of the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link plus other schemes involving compulsory purchase.