Briefing Note on HS2 – June 2012

Latest News  WCC’s  position

Cllr Bob Stevens, Deputy Leader of Warwickshire County Council  wishes to restate the County Council’s opposition to the HS2 project. The County Council is a member of 51m and a signature to the Judicial Review which has been lodged.

Whilst we continue to oppose the scheme, we are mindful of the need to engage with HS2 Ltd to ensure that, should  the scheme go ahead, the best possible mitigation solutions  and community benefits are achieved for all the communities of Warwickshire.

WCC understands the concerns of the community and will maintain a pragmatic dialogue with the action groups, community representatives, HS2 Ltd and other stakeholders.

In the meantime WCC is examining the mitigation optons proposed by the action groups in Warwickshire and will finally take a view on mitigation proposals at Cabinet in the autumn.

Environmental Impact Assessment –Scope and Methodology Consultation

The County Council has now submitted its response to the recent consultation on the methodology to be used in conducting the Environmental Impact Assessment.  A copy of the WCC response may be found here.

Planning Forum

A second meeting of the Planning Forum was held in mid May.

The remit of the Planning Forum is to act as a technical advisory body. The meeting heard updates from HS2 Ltd on its programme and timetable . WCc reiterated its request theat there be a local authority representative on the National Environmental Forum.

HS2 Community Forums

The second round of HS2 led Community Forums begins this week and will run through to the end of June .  The first meeting is with Ladbroke and Southam which takes place on 20 June. The full set of dates:

Ladbroke and Southam 20/06/2012 6.30pm-8.30pm Graham Adams Centre
Offchurch and   Cubbington 21/06/2012 6.30pm-8.30pm Cubbington Community Pavilion
Stoneleigh, Kenilworth and Burton Green  26.06.2012 6.30pm-8.30pm St Francis Parish Centre,Kenilworth
Coleshill Junction 22/06/2102 6:30pm–8:30pm ColeshillTown hall(Council Room)
Curdworth to Middleton 27/06/2012 6:30pm–8:30pm Middleton Village Hall (Recreation Room

Further details are on the DfT/HS2 website at http://highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/forums/community-forums. Warwickshire is within the region known as Country North.

(These should not be confused with the Warwickshire Community Forums which are public meetings involving WCC, the five districts and boroughs and the Police as well as local health services and the voluntary sector. They provide an opportunity to discuss matters important to the community and to identify priorities such as anti-social behaviours, roads, speeding, housing, schools, youth provision.)

Judicial Review

We anticipate that the Judicial Review hearing will take place towards the end of the year.

Safeguarding Route

The safeguarding consultation has been further delayed from earlier in the year and no date for its publication is yet known. This consultation will identify the extent of land either side of the proposed rail line that will need to be protected from development. Until the safeguarding route is in place HS2 Ltd can only ask to be kept informed of planning applications and  proposals for development lodged with Borough and district councils. In advance of a formal decision all WCC land searches now show the proximity of the HS2 line in their responses.

Y Route North of Birmingham

There is no news from HS2 Ltd on this at this time.

If you require any further clarification please do not hesitate to contact Mandy Walker or Sara Board on 01926 412830  or email: HS2@warwickshire.gov.uk

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