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Lichfield District Council could seek compensation for business rates lost due to construction of HS2

Lichfield District Council says it could ask for compensation for business rates lost due to the closure of companies in the path of the new HS2 rail line.

An artist's impression of HS2

An artist’s impression of HS2

Local authorities are currently preparing their responses to the proposals for Phase 2a of the controversial high speed rail line.

The route will impact on mainly rural parts of Lichfield and the surrounding villages, but a report to be heard by Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet next month says it intends to seek compensation for any lost rates.

Cllr Ian Pritchard

Cllr Ian Pritchard

The report, written by Cllr Ian Pritchard, Cabinet member for economic growth, environment and development, said the figure might not be as great as for Phase 1 but recompense should still be sought.

“Unlike Phase 1, Phase 2a does not have such obvious impacts in terms of loss of commercial and employment floor space and subsequent business rates revenue,” he said. “The route is rural and does not go through as many existing businesses.

“However to be consistent with our previous approach we should consider requesting compensation for lost business rates revenue resulting from demolitions.”

A number of other issues around the impact of HS2 on local communities are also explored in Cllr Pritchard’s report, including the closure of Common Lane which could see HGVs diverted past Richard Crosse Primary School in Kings Bromley.

The report will be discussed by the council’s Cabinet on September 5.

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