Property and Compensation*

We recognise that people who live in or own property near Heathrow could be affected by expansion. To construct and operate an expanded Heathrow there will be some areas of land, including residential, commercial and agricultural properties, that we will need to acquire.

*This page contains one (1) question located within the “Have your say” section at the bottom of the page.

We also recognise that property and land owners living near to the new boundary of the expanded airport could be affected by expansion even though we do not need to acquire their properties.

We understand that this may cause concern, so we have developed discretionary property compensation schemes for owners or occupiers of land which may need to be acquired, or may be affected by expansion. These are set out in our Interim Property Policies. These policies have been developed and updated following feedback from Airport Expansion Consultation One in January 2018.

We would like your feedback on our Interim Property Policies and we want to ensure affected property and landowners are well informed and understand the range of enhanced compensation packages which we propose to provide.

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Our property policies

Please click on the boxes below to read more about our Property Policies Information Paper and Interim Property Policies.

Property Policies Information Paper

Our Property Policies Information Paper provides a summary of our Interim Property Policies and explains who may be eligible for compensation on the acquisition of property or land as a result of the construction and operation of an expanded Heathrow. Our Property Policies Information Paper is a summary document and should be read in conjunction with the Interim Property Policies. The Property Policies Information Paper is available, here.

Interim Residential Property Policy

Our interim Residential Property Policy covers properties within the Compulsory Purchase Zone (CPZ) and a Wider Property Offer Zone (WPOZ). The interim Residential Property Policy is available, here.

Interim Agricultural Land and Property Policy

Our interim Agricultural Land and Property Policy sets out our approach for owners of agricultural land together with associated farmhouses and other farm buildings. The interim Agricultural Land and Property Policy is availabl, here.

Interim Commercial Property Policy

Our interim Commercial Property Policy sets out the approach for larger commercial interests as well as our offer for those with small business interests. The interim Commercial Property Policy is available, here.

Interim Property Hardship Scheme

Our interim Property Hardship Scheme operates in relation to residential, agricultural and small business categories, where owners have a compelling need to sell their properties before they would be able to do so under one of our Interim Property Policies, but have been unable to do so on the open market.

The interim Property Hardship Scheme document is available, here.

The interim Property Hardship Scheme Panel Guidance is available, here.

 

Interim Professional Fees Policy

Our interim Professional Fees Policy sets out the approach to professional fees incurred in association with the compulsory acquisition process. Please refer to the policy document for further detail and bear in mind that all costs that you may expect Heathrow to reimburse must be agreed with us before you spend them. The interim Professional Fees Policy is available, here.

Where do our property policies apply?

Our property policies apply within certain areas. These are outlined on the map below and explained in the following section.

NOTE: The full extent of the land we will need has not yet been fixed and will depend on the final design of the Project, which will be submitted as part of our Development Consent Order (DCO) application.

Compulsory Purchase Zone

The expansion of Heathrow will need a large area of land which will need to be acquired by Heathrow and currently includes residential, commercial and agricultural properties and land.

Since Airport Expansion Consultation One in 2018 we have been carrying out detailed design to ensure that the Compulsory Purchase Zone reflects our current understanding of the boundary of the future, expanded airport. This area is referred to as the Compulsory Purchase Zone.

Within this zone, you may be eligible for compensation. Further information can be found within:

The interim Residential Property Policy

The interim Agricultural Land and Property Policy

The interim Commercial Property Policy

The interim Professional Fees Policy

The interim Property Hardship Scheme Policy

The interim Property Hardship Panel Guidance

Wider Property Offer Zone

We also recognise that people who own and occupy properties outside the Compulsory Purchase Zone but within close proximity to the proposed new boundary of the airport could be affected by our activities even though they are not required for the Project. This wider area is known as the Wider Property Offer Zone. Within this zone, you may be eligible for compensation. Further information can be found within:

Draft Development Consent Order Limits

Beyond the Compulsory Purchase Zone there are also other areas of land which may be needed to support the airport’s infrastructure, to help manage the environmental effects of the Project and to facilitate its development.

This land sits within the “draft Development Consent Order Limits”, which is the boundary of land which we will apply for as part of our DCO application and will look to take either temporarily or permanently or will use to carry out works on the Project. We do not expect that residential properties that lie beyond the current boundary of the Compulsory Purchase Zone referred to above will be required for the Project.

The draft Development Consent Order Limits shown on the map above are the maximum extent of what we currently think might be needed. Within this zone you may be eligible for compensation. Further information can be found within:

The full extent of the land we will need has not yet been fixed and will depend on the final design of the Project, which itself is still subject to consultation, but which will be submitted as part of our DCO application.

When will the property policies come into effect?

We already run the interim Property Hardship Scheme, and this will remain in operation until we obtain consent to expand Heathrow and construction has begun.

All interim policies will be updated following this consultation and developed further once we have considered feedback on them. They will then be published as final policies.

Have your say

People who live in or own property near Heathrow airport could be affected by its expansion. We will need to acquire areas of land which currently include residential, commercial and agricultural properties. We have prepared the interim Property Policies to explain our general approach to buying properties and land and set out the discretionary compensation offers available for eligible properties. These discretionary offers are intended to enhance the terms available under the Statutory Compensation Code for eligible properties, but do not change your statutory rights.

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