HS2 (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0654
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I would be grateful for your views on the proposal from HS2 to demolish four housing blocks in Euston. Who would be responsible for rehousing these residents, and where would they be rehoused?

Answer

Answer for HS2 (2)

Answer for HS2 (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Given the constrained site at Euston, it is inevitable that there will be some loss of existing property and I would expect the Government, as the scheme's promoters, to develop plans for replacement properties and agree these up front with the London Borough of Camden.

The Government, through HS2 Ltd, has indicated that it is committed to working with all affected local authorities to agree a joint strategy, including thorough engagement with local people, businesses and communities to provide new, high, quality social housing to replace any which will need to be compulsorily purchased. Ultimately this is a matter for the local authorities concerned to agree with HS2 Ltd. But if homes owned by local authorities are lost due to the HS2 works, then I would expect these to be replaced on at least a like-for-like basis.

I am aware that the Government is currently drawing up detailed blight and property proposals and will launch a 12-week consultation in Spring 2012.