Chadderton Broadway Compensation

Latest update: Residents are currently employing a surveyor to undertake a review of the impact of the works on amenity and property values.

In addition Freedom of Information requests have been submitted to the Department for Transport, Highways England and Oldham Council requesting internal reports and correspondence which may assist local residents.

I am working with local councillors to support residents pursuing compensation claims under the Highways Act for works resulting from the building of the Blessed John Henry Newman RC School on Broadway in Chadderton.

Those affected by the scheme sought compensation under part I of the Land Compensation Act 1973.

Given the location under discussion, clear evidence suggests that properties have reduced in value as a result of the road widening scheme.

In making representations to government I will referred to two properties in particular—properties A and B. Property A is an extended and substantially modernised four-bedroom, semi-detached house, which sold for £175,000 on 20 March 2014. The same property sold for £200,000 on 14 August 2007. Between 2007 and 2014 that property had decreased in value by £25,000. Property B, also on Broadway, is a three-bedroom, semi-detached house, which sold on 18 October 2013 for £156,000. On 6 January 2008, it was purchased for £165,000. That property too was sold for less than its purchase value only a few years earlier as a direct result of the market conditions following the road widening.

Residents applied for their council tax to be re-evaluated to take into account the change in the neighbourhood. In 2012, the valuation office made the decision to reduce the council tax banding. The Highways Agency was aware of that, but refused to acknowledge any relationship between the road widening and that decision, which is contrary to the correspondence that took place at the time.

A debate was held in Westminster Hall in Parliament to highlight the initial refusal by Highways England to make compensation payments.

In response the Minster for Transport offered to review the case and give local residents the opportunity to make further representations.

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Following this local residents are currently employing a surveyor to undertake a review of the impact of the works on amenity and property values.

In addition Freedom of Information requests have been submitted to the Department for Transport, Highways England and Oldham Council requesting internal reports and correspondence which may assist local residents.

You can download the Freedom of Information Requests below. The responses will be published once received;

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