RICS expertise makes the difference in HS2 Blight Notice settlement

Ferguson Broadbent’s sister company Thomson Broadbent Ltd, the UK’s most successful RICS regulated property compensation experts, have recently helped one grateful family move out of their property sitting in the middle of the adopted route for HS2.

The Goss family were one of a number of property owners living in a tiny hamlet close to Lichfield in Staffordshire who were alerted to the impact of the route for the high speed line.

The family were keen to remove the uncertainty HS2 was creating on the businesses they ran from home and to make firm plans for the schooling needs of their young children.  They felt the only answer was a rapid move to a new property.

Working in exclusive arrangement with Thomson Broadbent (HS2 Ltd will only deal with one representative appointed to act on behalf of property owners) a Blight Notice was duly served on HS2 and subsequently accepted.  It is worth noting that The Goss family were one of the first property owners in the UK to have an HS2 Blight Notice accepted.

Following acceptance, negotiations took place with the appointed HS2 surveyors to arrive at a mutually acceptable value for the house, taking into account all consequent losses/expenses incurred in the move to the new property.

A difficulty with this particular case was that Mr Goss ran his businesses from home and his trade reputation had grown from a loyal, local customer base.  Accordingly, possible trading losses had to be considered and formed part of the negotiations.

As a result of these sensitivities the case was involved and took some considerable time to progress. There were various issues which arose during the course of the negotiations which needed to be handled timely and with care and sensitivity.

Thanks to the in-depth knowledge of Thomson Broadbent team and a good working relationship with the HS2 surveyors and the HS2 Ltd staff, all the pieces of jigsaw were eventually fitted together in often demanding timeframes.

This case confirms how Thomson Broadbent’s unrivalled experience and RICS regulated surveyors can develop beneficial and constructive working relationships with the professionals involved, whilst never losing sight of the client’s correctly valued entitlements under the compensation rules.

The objective was to ensure that the family’s losses in having to move home and re-locate their businesses were compensated as far as money is able to.  The upheaval of moving is stressful enough when done voluntarily, but having to move  as a result of a major infrastructure project then the ‘David versus Goliath’ feeling can be overwhelming for those acting without the professional support of a regulated compensation surveyor.

A relieved and clearly grateful Emma Goss dropped Thomson Broadbent surveyor Chris Robinson this note the day before they moved to their new home:

“I just wanted to say thank you for everything you have done for us Chris. You have been superb; ultra professional and very calm throughout. A top bloke!”

As Managing Partner James Broadbent points out, “Property owners and businesses can only appoint one consultant to act on their behalf to negotiate settlements with HS2 Ltd – so valuation is critical.  Our experience of dealing with property owners affected by HS1, along with case file precedents we have in our database as a result of over 40,000 successful compensation claims could make a significant difference to negotiating maximising asset value.”

The Corby based partnerships recently launched a dedicated website www.hs2compensation.org to provide news, advice and support to those affected by HS2.

The emphasis is very much on timely, impartial professional advice from RICS regulated experts.