A Conservative MP has said that the Government have an “excellent opportunity to beef up the compensation package” for HS2.
Christopher Pincher made his comments after the outcome of Judicisial Reviews into the plans for high speed rail.
The line would cut through Lichfield and several surrounding villages – including Hints in Mr Pincher’s Tamworth constituency.
Campaigners were dealt a blow after Lord Justice Ousley only supported one of the objections they had raised – the consultation process relating to compensation.
But Mr Pincher believes those set to be affected by HS2 now have the opportunity to secure the best possible deal.
“The Government accepts it got the consultation wrong by leaving out too many consultation responses which were mis-placed,” he said. “The High Court has decided that was unlawful and the consultation will now be re-run.
“This allows local communities and affected residents a further chance to have their say and be listened to in the continuing battle for the best compensation package.
“I have told ministers this provides them with an excellent opportunity to beef up the compensation package to make it fair and reasonable.”