Updated guidance on the Need to Sell scheme

As you may know the Need to Sell scheme is one of the ways in which many of my constituents are seeking compensation for the HS2 scheme. The Department for Transport have released updated guidance to the scheme which you may be interested in.

You can find a written statement on the guidance here:

www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2016-05-26/HCWS18

You can read in more detail about the changes here:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/525850/west-midlands-crewe-property-consultation-2015-web-version.pdf

In particular constituents may be interested to learn about changes to allow them to choose one of the valuers for the need to sell scheme:

‘Valuations for NTS and RSZ - Applicants will now be able to choose any Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) registered valuer as one of the two initial valuers. The second will continue to be from HS2 Ltd’s panel of RICS registered valuers. Should a third valuation be necessary (if the initial two are more than 10% apart), the applicant will now be able to choose the third valuer from the HS2 Ltd panel6. This change will be extended to the exceptional hardship scheme where it continues to operate on the remainder of Phase Two.’

If you have any questions regarding these changes do not hesitate to get in touch with my office at 020 7219 3432, alternatively you can email me at david.lidington.mp@parliament.uk.