LEGAL eyes are trained on a landmark case which could pave the way for scores of compensation claims from homes and businesses affected by the proposed HS2 rail route.
For those residential and commercial properties across Yorkshire – and particularly in Leeds – that currently stand in the way of the high-speed line, they will be subject to a compulsory purchase order.
But there could be far-reaching consequences for these plans if a couple planning to fight HS2 bosses in the courts win their legal battle.
Trevor and Justine Palin believe their home – earmarked for demolition to make way for the scheme – is worth £85,000 more than HS2 has offered to pay for it under a compulsory purchase order.
The Palins, who live in Cheshire, say they had it valued at £485,000 – but HS2 offered just £400,000.
They refused and, according to media reports, have decided instead to launch a crowdfunding appeal to raise cash to take HS2 Ltd to a lands tribunal at the High Court.
If successful, the landmark legal case could potentially open the floodgates to claims from every single property offer negotiated by HS2, where people are dissatisfied with the valuation.
And that could have important implications in Leeds and across Yorkshire where hundreds of homes and businesses are likely to be affected or demolished to make way of the rail line.
The £56 billion project will see high-speed trains between London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.
HS2 is already in the advanced stages of planning, and the years of construction work for the high-speed rail line through Yorkshire could affect several communities and properties in Leeds.
Indeed, the Yorkshire Evening Post recently listed ten well-known Leeds pubs, buildings and business properties set to be bulldozed as a result of HS2. They included:
– The Hilton Hotel, Leeds city centre
– Asda head office, Leeds city centre
– Mecca bingo, Balm Lane, Leeds city centre
– Queens pub, Wakefield Road, Leeds
– Leeds specialist autism services, Wakefield Road, Leeds
– Traveller site, Kildacre Road, Leeds
– Leeds School of Motoring, Kildacre Road, Leeds
– Station Hotel pub, Hillidge Lane, Leeds
– Life Church Leeds, Dewsbury Road, Leeds
– Jack Lane, Leeds – to be closed permanently
While we await the next stage of the legal process, the case serves to highlight the importance to homebuyers of ensuring your intended property is not on the intended HS2 route.
And if you are a home of business that believes you have received an under-valuation for your property, it’s vital to seek specialist legal advice.