HS2 in Hansard 01/05/2014

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport how manyHigh Speed 2 consultation requests
are EIA development as defined in the Town and Country
Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment)Regulations
2011; and how many recommendations for refusal of
the grant of planning permission are (a) EIA and (b)
non-EIA development. [R] [195979]

Mr Goodwill: Safeguarding directions for the London
to West Midlands section of HS2 were made in July
2013 and updated in October 2013. The number of
High Speed 2 consultation requests which are EIA
development as defined in theTown and Country Planning
(Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011
is five.
The number of recommendations for refusal of the
grant of planning permission are as follows:
(a) EIA—3
(b) Non-EIA development—3.

Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport how many consultation requests from local
planning authorities under the safeguarding directions
for Phase One have been received by HS2 Ltd since
9 July 2013; and from which local planning authorities
such consultation requests have been received. [R]
[195980]

Mr Goodwill: Since 9 July 2013, HS2 Ltd received
60 consultation requests from local planning authorities
under the safeguarding directions for the London to
West Midlands section of HS2. The requestswere received
from the following local planning authorities:
Birmingham city council
Hertfordshire county council
London borough of Brent
London borough of Ealing
London borough of Hillingdon
Lichfield district council
London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
North Warwickshire borough council
Oxfordshire county council
Stratford-upon-Avon district council
Solihull Metropolitan borough council
South Northamptonshire council
Warwickshire county council
Westminster city council
Aylesbury Vale district council
London borough of Camden.
Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport how many referrals have been made to him
where a local planning authority is minded to approve
an application for planning permission against the
advice of HS2 Ltd; and what his decision has been on
each such referral. [R] [195981]
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Mr Goodwill: There have been no referrals made to
the Secretary of State for Transport where a local
planning authority is minded to approve an application
for planning permission against the advice of HS2 Ltd.
Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport how many (a) EIA and (b) non-EIA
development recommendations HS2 Ltd has made for
conditions to be imposed on planning permission to
protect the High Speed 2 project. [R] [196049]
Mr Goodwill: Following the making of safeguarding
directions for the London to West Midlands section of
HS2 in July 2013 (updated October 2013), the number
of recommendations made by HS2 Ltd for conditions
to be imposed on planning permission to protect the
High Speed 2 project is as follows:
(a) EIA recommendations—0
(b) Non-EIA recommendations—7.

Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport how much he estimates will have to be spent
protecting the High Speed 2 track on phase 1 and
phase 2 against the effects of mining subsidence; and
whether that sum is included in the overall projected
cost. [R] [196117]

Mr Goodwill: On Phase One there are no specific
allowances relating to mining subsidence in the cost
estimate as there is no active mining below the route,
nor any recorded abandoned mining shownin the publically
available records that have been researched. Physical
ground investigations and desktop studies of existing
records will be undertaken prior to construction of the
railway, and allowances have been made in both the cost
estimate and the project contingency for any ground
treatments that are identified.
On Phase Two there is an allowance within the cost
estimate for the risks around crossing open cast quarries,
mines and landfill sites and the current level of design
reflects where appropriate the difficulty of crossing
these type of areas.

High Speed Two Growth Taskforce

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport if he will take steps to ensure there is a
Liverpool CityRegion representative on the HS2 Growth
Taskforce chaired by Lord Deighton. [196944]

Mr Goodwill: The HS2 Growth Taskforce launched
its final report in March 2014, delivering 19
recommendations to government to help get our cities,
transport network, people and businesses ready to maximise
the growth potential from HS2.
While the taskforce membership was drawn from
across the country and represented many different fields
of expertise, it was not possible to include representatives
from every area that will benefit from HS2.
Recognising the importance of engaging closely with
Liverpool in producing their recommendations, the
taskforce went to the city in January 2014 to hear the
views of local partners and businesses from across
the city region.

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