More than 900 properties have been bought by the company responsible for HS2 almost costing £600m.
One of the highest paid properties involved, is Whatcroft Hall which was bought from comedian John bishop for £6.8m.
Campaigners opposing the rail project said some homeowners had been treated badly claiming homes were constantly been undervalued by HS2.
Tracy Stone, from Mexborough in South Yorkshire, who lives on the Shimmer Estate, had only just moved in and found out that their newly built estate was at risk of demolition to make way for HS2.
Tracy recently sold her house to HS2 after being informed that the route would go directly through the newly built estate.
Tracy commented, “four days after I moved on to the Shimmer Estate I was told most of the new Estate would have to be knocked down”. As we’ve tried to sell our homes, it’s felt like HS2 have tried to put obstacles in our way at every turn”
She went on to say “they’ve been offering ridiculously low prices and the whole process just feels very unfair.”
Tracy said she had agreed on a valuation of £169,000 for her newly built home which is £5,000 under the real market value. “We were promised by the government and HS2 that they would look after people on the estate, but that hasn’t happened,” said Ms Stone. “We’ve been let down and lied too”
It has also been reported that identical houses on the Shimmer Estate have received significantly different amounts of compensation and that valuations for the exact same properties have been significantly different, meaning that people have been treated unfairly by HS2.
However Mr Farr argued that, “a valuation has to take into account the amount of money spent on the home, and its internal fixtures and fittings. Its not just a value of the bricks and mortar of a property.”
A spokeswoman for the Department for Transport commented, “HS2 Ltd must work closely and constructively with those impacted by the project – this ensures a sensible balance is struck between fair compensation for affected residents and protecting the public purse.
However people are commenting that HS2 is not worth doing, as the first phase of the project from London to Birmingham, will cost just under £56bn and the whole project could cost double that altogether.
So it begs the question- will the project be worth the tax payers money?
Adapted from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47881368
Written by Ben Pattison