Statutory guidance

HS2 safeguarding guidance for property owners

For property owners who require further information on HS2 safeguarding and serving a Blight Notice.



As well as helping to protect the land needed to construct and operate High Speed Two (HS2), the safeguarding directions also trigger something known as ‘Statutory Blight’.

‘Statutory Blight’ is when a property owner is within the safeguarded area and may be eligible to serve a Blight Notice asking the Secretary of State for Transport to buy their property prior to it being needed for construction of HS2.

Please ensure you have read the guidance on this page prior to serving a Blight Notice.

Safeguarding maps

To find out if your property is within the safeguarding area please check the HS2 safeguarding page.

Published 9 July 2013
Last updated 7 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Selling your home or small business using the Statutory Blight or Express Purchase process document updated

  2. Guidance and FAQ document updated to Plain English standard

  3. Update to guidance and FAQs document

  4. Phase One, 2a and 2b statutory blight and express purchase guidance replaced by new route-wide version

  5. New guidance and Advance Dispute Resolution document added

  6. Phase 2a guidance updated

  7. Updated 2b guidance

  8. Updated version of 'HS2 Phase One statutory blight and express purchase: a guide for property owners' uploaded to page to replace existing document.

  9. First published.