The House of Lords Select Committee on the HS2 Bill has recommended improved compensation arrangements, in recognition that Camden is a special case:
"We make a strong recommendation, therefore, that those households in Camden, and any in Hillingdon and Birmingham, that are so threatened by construction noise as to be entitled to noise insulation, should be treated in the same way as if they were within 120m of the line of route in an area where the Rural Support Zone (RSZ) applies." ().
In particular that
(i) Owner-occupiers should be entitled to participate in the Voluntary Purchase Scheme. This is the right to require the government to acquire the property at the unblighted price.
(ii) Owner-occupiers should also benefit from the Cash Option. This is 10% of the unblighted value with a minimum of £30k and a maximum of £100k. The SC considers that this would be the preferred option. The SC does not recommend that the cash limits should be raised because of high unblighted market values in parts of Camden. Thus the same option would apply to Park Village East as to right-to-buy owners on the Regent's Park Estate and the Ampthill Square Estate.
(iii) Residential tenants who do not qualify as owner-occupiers should be entitled to a "lump sum of £10k".
Will you lobby the Government on behalf of Camden and Hillingdon residents to ensure that these recommendations are accepted?