It's not just about being in the vicinity (in Kent, with HS1, it was typically within 100-200 metres of the centre of the track!), you have to have tried (and failed) to sell your house and to have a compelling reason to move, so the number of people able to claim is probably not huge. However, for those who may be eligible, it certainly makes sense to investigate as soon as possible.
Yes the vicinity & compelling reason will probably be a hard one for many to qualify.I wonder if where the goverment provide compensation its likely that these properties would probably be knocked down anyway due to the work.Like a nicer version of compulsery purchase.Whatever the goverment workings are its vital that those possibly effected get a chance to put a claim and dont miss the opportunity.FT Article Rail route blight bill will soar, say critics
The limitations of the scheme have sparked accusations that the government is trying to minimise pay-outs.
As the £50m estimate would equate to only 100 houses worth £500,000 each – not a high figure for many homes in desirable villages along the route – Mr Rodrick said suspicions had grown that “they are not going to part with their cash easily”