HS2 ion Hansard 13/01/2014

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what places in the High Speed 2 safeguarded area or within half a mile of that safeguarded area (a) have been flooded in the past two months and (b) are considered to be at risk from flooding. [182155]

Dan Rogerson: From information currently available it does not appear that the safeguarded area for HS2 has been significantly flooded during the last two months. However, there could be some flooding arising from local sources that has not yet been recorded. This information will be captured and collated once the current emergency response has concluded. The safeguarded area for phase one of HS2 crosses just over 100 watercourses, each of which will have a degree of flood risk associated with them. The scale of that risk will depend on the precise alignment of the route. At present this has not been fully assessed, nor has an assessment been made for the phase two routes.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the full addresses of the 339 dwellings and 21 community facilities that will be demolished if High Speed 2 proceeds as the Government currently plans. [181410]

Mr Goodwill: The addresses of the 339 dwellings and 21 community facilities which will be demolished are set out in Section 2 of the Environmental Statement Volume 2 Community Forum Area (CFA) reports. The CFA reports and map books are published online at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement-volume-2-community-forum-area-reports-and-map-books

Printed copies of all hybrid Bill and Environmental Statement documents have been deposited at the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department will re-commence the work on a direct Heathrow Airport link to High Speed 2, which was suspended in January 2013. [181411]

Mr Goodwill: The Government supports a direct high speed connection to Heathrow. We consider however that further work on a link to Heathrow should await the final conclusions and recommendation of the Airports Commission. We have therefore paused work on the link until the Commission’s work has been concluded. The recent publication of the Commission’s Interim Report does not change this.

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Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the addresses of the 67 dwellings that will be significantly affected by noise from High Speed 2 as stated in the Environmental Statement on High Speed 2. [181412]

Mr Goodwill: The addresses are already published in the Environmental Statement for HS2 Phase One. Section 11 of each of the Volume 2 Community Forum Area (CFA) reports contains details of the assessment of impacts and effects on individual dwellings, including address information. The properties are also detailed on the Operational Noise and Vibration Impacts and Likely Significant Effects maps in the CFA map books. The CFA reports and map books are published online at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement-volume-2-community-forum-area-reports-and-map-books/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement-volume-2-community-forum-area-reports-and-map-books

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the 300 existing businesses that will be required to relocate together with their full addresses and the number of employees of each company as stated in the Environmental Statement on High Speed 2. [181413]

Mr Goodwill: The number of businesses within each Community Forum Area (CFA) which would be directly impacted by the Proposed Scheme (ie those that lie within land which would be acquired for the construction of the Proposed Scheme) are set out in Section 10 of the Environmental Statement Volume 2, CFA Reports. The businesses are grouped into similar types and these are listed in Section 10.4 of each of the reports. The number of employees within businesses has been estimated through a combination of sources, for example surveys of businesses, employment datasets, employment floor space and standard employment density ratios and therefore may vary from actual employment at the sites. The names of businesses and the streets on which they are located are also included.

The CFA reports are published online at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement-volume-2-community-forum-area-reports-and-map-books/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement-volume-2-community-forum-area-reports-and-map-books

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what additional support will be available to those businesses that will be forced to relocate as set out in the Environmental Statement on High Speed 2. [181414]

Mr Goodwill: Businesses displaced by the scheme will be compensated within the provisions of the relevant compulsory purchase legislation—generally known as the Compensation Code. This recognises the importance to businesses displaced from their existing premises (by compulsory purchase of those premises for public works) of being able to relocate to another site. The Compensation Code normally provides for the cost of such relocation to be taken into account under the heading of disturbance compensation. The Secretary of State recognises the importance for existing businesses of being able to plan their relocations with as much advance information as is reasonably practicable, to ensure a smooth transition of their operations from one location to another. An information paper will shortly be released with additional information on support provided to businesses which have to relocate.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the 1,510 jobs together with the organisations that provides them that HS2 Ltd states are at risk as set out in 7.10 of the non-technical summary of the Environmental Statement on High Speed 2. [181415]

MrGoodwill: HS2Ltd has drawn on research undertaken by the London Development Agency into the relocation of companies and jobs in relation to the London 2012 Olympic Games and has made an assumption about the number of businesses that will not continue operations when their premises are required for the HS2 Scheme. The assessment is based on a proportion of businesses impacted and no assessment has been made of the likelihood of any individual business deciding whether to extinguish its operation or relocate. It is therefore not possible to provide a list of jobs or businesses that may be at risk of not continuing. The approach used is set out in further detail in paragraphs 11.6.10 to 11.6.17 in Volume 3 of the Environmental Statement.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give the full addresses of (a) the six Grade II listed buildings that will be demolished, (b) the four Grade II listed buildings that will be altered and (c) the eight Grade II listed buildings that will be removed and relocated together with (i) the estimated dates of such demolition, commencement of alterations and removal and (ii) the full addresses of the relocation sites under plans for High Speed 2. [181416]

Mr Goodwill: The addresses of all the Grade II listed buildings to be affected are set out in Table 1, Schedule 17 ‘Listed Buildings’ of the High SpeedRail (London-West Midlands) Bill. The estimated dates for construction works have been published in Volume 2, Section 2 of the Environmental Statement for each Community Forum Area (CFA). These dates will be subject to further detailed refinement.

The relocations comprise: The monument to the Christie family, the obelisk to Baron Southampton and the drinking fountain in St James Gardens at Euston;

the Robert Stephenson statue at Euston Station;

and the railings around Euston Square and war memorial.

All of these historic items will be incorporated into the urban realm at Euston. There are also two pairs of stone pierswith lampstands at either end of Mornington street railway bridge; these will be reinstated when the bridge is rebuilt.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) individuals and (b) organisations have contacted HS2 Ltd or his Department to ask for an extension to the consultation period on the environmental statement on High Speed 2. [182154] 387W Written Answers 13 JANUARY 2014 Written Answers 388W

Mr Goodwill: Since the launch of the consultation on the HS2 environmental statement on 25 November 2013, the Department forTransport has received correspondence on the length of the consultation period fromthe individuals and organisations specified in the following table. It is important to note that in some cases the Members of Parliament listed below have forwarded on the views of their constituents. Where no organisation is specified, the entry refers to someone that the Department believes made contact in an individual capacity. It is possible that the consultation length may have been raised in other correspondence alongside other issues in a few cases, and these may not have been captured in this table given the time available.

Name Organisation

Steve Rodrick – Chilterns Conservation Board

Paul Lankester – Stratford district council

David Liddington MP – Member of Parliament

Andrea Leadsom MP – Member of Parliament

Cllr Izzi Seccombe – Leader of Warwickshire County Council

John Gladwin FCA – Chiltern Society

John Bercow MP – Member of Parliament

Cheryl Gillan MP Member of Parliament

Chris Eaglen n/a

Ken Clarke n/a

Rae Sloan n/a

Mr Neave n/a

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish his plans for maintaining full access to the Broadwater Sailing Club during the construction phase of High Speed 2. [182469]

Mr Goodwill: HS2 Ltd will be working with the Sailing Club regarding access arrangements and they will contact the Sailing Club to discuss these options as the construction details are finalised during the Bill process.

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