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Property Compensation, Property Hardship, Land Acquisition

Land acquisition and property compensation zones

We recognise that people who live in or own property near Heathrow will be affected by its expansion.

We have identified two land acquisition and property compensation zones, a Compulsory Purchase Zone (CPZ) which includes the land and properties we need to acquire to expand the airport and a Wider Property Offer Zone (WPOZ) for qualifying owners of properties who live close to the boundary of the expanded airport but outside the CPZ.

As part of the consultations in relation to our proposals, we will consult on a variety of options which may impact on the boundaries of the CPZ based on the scheme recommended to government by the Airports Commission in their final report. This consultation exercise may change the extent of the CPZ.

  • Residential Property Policy provides assurance for qualifying owners of properties within the Compulsory Purchase and Wider Property Offer Zones. If such owners sign up to our Bond they will receive the unaffected open market value of their home (the property’s market value ignoring any impacts from the project and excluding any development value that the property may have) and a 25% Home Loss Payment plus stamp duty costs for the purchase of a replacement property of equivalent value as well as their reasonable legal fees, moving costs and other disturbance costs;
  • Agricultural Land and Property Policy provides assurance for qualifying owners of properties within the CPZ. If such owners sign up to our Bond they will receive the unaffected open market value of their home and a 25% Home Loss Payment, based on the value of their home in addition to the market value of their agricultural land and their reasonable legal fees, moving costs and other disturbance costs and  stamp duty costs for purchase of a replacement property of equivalent value;
  • Commercial Property Policy ensures potentially affected owners and occupiers of small and large commercial properties understand our approach to land acquisition and the compensation offer that will be made available in respect of commercial properties within the CPZ;
  • Hardship Scheme Policy aims to assist property owners who have a compelling need to sell their property now but have been unable to do so, except at a substantially reduced price, because of our proposals to expand Heathrow.’

Property compensation schemes map

DIAGRAM: Indicative property compensation zones with Heathrow expansion. Contact our team for more information.
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Further information

We know these issues will be very important to a number of local landowners and so we have produced a number of documents that set out the detail of our policies on property compensation and land acquisition. Full details on these policies and our compensation proposals are set out in our Property Policies Information Paper (available in the "Documents & Resources" section of this website).
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