Spratt Endicott’s property specialists provided expert legal advice in a case that is believed to be one of the first properties to have been purchased by HS2 via a Blight Notice.
David Inch, Partner, worked closely with a local property agent during this process, and demonstrated his knowledge of the complex and lengthy legal processes associated with this type of claim. The result is that not only did the owners of the property receive the full market value for their house, they also received a home loss payment and all of their costs, not only in relation to their sale, but their purchase of an alternative property.
Since 2010, the owners of the property, located to the north of Chipping Warden, had to live with the prospect of their house being demolished during the construction of the HS2 railway, which is anticipated to gain Parliamentary approval in 2015. The property, however, fell within the Safeguarded Area, which runs 60 metres either side of the railway. Their agent advised the owners that there was an opportunity to submit a Blight Notice, which, if successful would force HS2 to buy their property immediately, rather than at a date which fitted into HS2’s construction timescale.
David Inch commented: “I was delighted that our clients achieved the outcome that they hoped for in this matter. It is very rewarding to be able to help people to move on with their lives and look forward to their future in a much stronger position. We have excellent property agents in Banbury, and it is a pleasure to work with them at all times.”
David Inch has over 30 years experience as a residential property lawyer, and is committed to providing expert legal advice to his clients and property agents in and around Oxfordshire.
Spratt Endicott Solicitors has teams of specialist residential and commercial property experts, so if you are affected by HS2, require property-related legal advice or conveyancing services, please contact David Inch on the details below.
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