Are you worried about the impact HS2 will have on where you live?
One of the ways the government is trying to mitigate the negative impact of the high-speed rail link from London Euston to the West Midlands is to offer payments to those living and working in the worst affected areas.
Trains will proceed into Buckinghamshire over the Colne Valley viaduct which threatens to close the Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre.
The Homeowner Payment Scheme (HOP Scheme) gives a cash payment to people living in areas where the railway is not in a tunnelled section.
There are three payment zones starting from 120 metres from the centre of the track to 300 metres away.
If as little as 25% of your property inside one of the zones, you can apply for a payment through the HOP scheme up until a year after the railway line is operational, expected to be 2026.
People living in zone one, 120m to 180m away from the centre of the line, are entitled to a payment of £22,500; zone two from 180m to 240m away can claim £15,000 and zone three claimants who live up to 300m away can get £7,500.
In order to claim under the HOP Scheme you have to be the homeowner or occupier-homeowner of a private residence, business premises or agricultural unit.
Your home or 25% of your total property area including your home and garden must be within one of the HOP zones and you must have bought the property before April 9 2014, when the scheme was first proposed by the government.
If you think you might be eligible to the cash payouts click here to check and fill out an application form.
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