HS2 in the Commons – written statement

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Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for
Communities and Local Government with reference to
the iRail 2012 lecture by Professor Andrew
McNaughton, Designing High Speed Rail for Britain,
what assessment he has made of the suggestion that the
construction of HS2 will lead to a new city constructed
on greenbelt land in the Meriden Gap between
Birmingham and Coventry; and if he will make a
statement. [102756]
Greg Clark: We have not made any assessment of the
comments attributed to Professor Andrew McNaughton
that the construction of High Speed 2 could lead to the
development of a new city around the proposed
Birmingham Interchange Station adjacent to the National
Exhibition Centre, and nor has the Government ever
made such a policy proposal. The National Planning
Policy Framework, published on 27 March, contains
clear policies for preventing inappropriate development
on green-belt land.

Taken form Hose of Commons Official Report, Parlamentary Debates, Thursday 19 April 2012.