The High Speed Two Railway is going to be built after having received Royal Assent in Parliament, and will affect the districts in very significant ways. Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils have decided to introduce a new website to allow residents and interested parties to be kept informed over the next 6 years.
We will provide information and updates on the panels which were formalised through a legal assurance attained through petitioning in the Houses of Parliament, these are the Chilterns AONB Review Group and the Colne Valley Regional Park Panel. We will also provide information on the two types of applications that the Local Planning Authority will be receiving over the next 6 years, these are called Schedule 17 consent approval applications and Section 61 construction applications. Finally we will also provide information and updates on the Community and Business Funds which HS2 are providing to local communities and businesses to apply for the grant which will be available over the next 11 years.
Notice of Works: Road Closures in Great Missenden
HS2 will be undertaking vegetation clearance work on the A413 Great Missenden roundabout from 12th to 13th March. This work is in anticipation of the construction of the haul road which will be accessed off the A413 from the Link Road roundabout in Great Missenden.
Notice of Works: Ground Investigation in Amersham
HS2 contractors will be undertaking ground investigative works on either side of the A413 by the A355 for 3 months from 1st March 2018 to 3st May 2018.
Notice of Works for Land Adjacent to Chesham Lane
HS2 contractors Align will be undertaking work associated with creating a works site and ground investigation work, with details found in the link below.
HS2 Reveals Colne Valley Viaduct Specimen Design
HS2 have revealed an outline concept for the Colne Valley viaduct, which will help inform development of its final design and will be subject to consultations and discussions with local communities.
The concepts were developed by independent specialist architects Martin Knight Associates in consultation with the Colne Valley Regional Park Panel, and the HS2 Independent Design Panel, consisting of world-leading architects, designers and experts in sustainability. The viaduct concept document explores a range of options and ideas for how it can sensitively and aesthetically sit within the Colne Valley, whilst addressing the technical demands of the project. It will help to inform further design work and technical development by Align, the main civil engineering contractor for HS2 between the Colne Valley Viaduct and the northern portal of the Chilterns Tunnel. Align will engage with the local community on these designs in Spring 2018.
HS2 Limited are setting up community engagement events in the Spring so people can comment on the design proposals. As soon as we are aware of the dates for these we will publicise them.
The specimen design document can be found here.
Notice of Works for A413 and Haul Road
HS2 Ltd have released a Notice of Works factsheet setting out details of the forthcoming work in preparation for the construction of HS2. These works relate to the planning and design for alterations around the two roundabouts on the A413 outside Great Missenden and how the haul road from the A413 will be constructed.
Topographical Surveys to Start in Great Missenden
HS2 contractors will commence their non-intrusive topographical surveys from 8th December in Great Missenden. These works are anticipated to begin along the highway and then move into the fields. HS2 have stated their should be no impact on the flow of traffic along these roads and a sign will be erected to inform drivers.
HS2 Helpdesk Report for Buckinghamshire
HS2 have published a report that provides a breakdown of HS2 enquiries relating to the county of Buckinghamshire over a period of 6 months this year compared to 2016.
Report can be found here.
HS2 to Start 3-month Survey Works in Chalfont St Giles
HS2 Ltd have served a formal legal notice to the Council to inform of their scheduled survey works from 4th December 2017 to 28th February 2018 in Chalfont St Giles.
A map of the land to be used for HS2 works can be found here.
Chilterns AONB Review Group Produce Draft Detailed Design Principles for Consultation
The draft DDP has been produced in response to an Assurance provided by HS2 during the Parliamentary Process, namely that this guidance document would be used by their contractors to inform their design through the Chilterns AONB.
Link to document can be found here.
If you would like to submit comments on the draft document, please send them to DDP@chilternsaonb.org by 7th January 2018.
£30 Million for Road Safety Fund Announced
The government has announced confirmation of £30 million to improve road and cycle safety in towns and villages along the HS2 route. The funding stretches across 13 areas along the Phase One route with further details found here.
Colne Valley Panel AMP Published Online!
The Panel has continued to work towards its objectives with a major step forward with the publication of the Additional Mitigation Plan (AMP). The objective of the AMP is to identify additional landscape and ecological mitigation and enhancements within the CVRPP, in furtherance and beyond the mitigation proposed within the HS2 proposed scheme. This may encompass proposals within and outside present HS2 Act limits.
Publication link can be found here.
HS2 Information Event in Amersham
HS2 Ltd are hosting an information event for local residents and interested parties to attend and ask questions about the project and what it means for the local area.
Where: Chiltern District Council, King George V Road, Amersham
When: Friday 17th November
Time: 2pm - 6pm
Chalfont Lane Closure
HS2 Ltd have delayed the closure of Chalfont Lane, which is now due to close on Monday 27th November. Road signs have been erected to reflect this new date.
HS2 Woodland Fund
£1million of grant funding has been made available by the Forestry Commission on behalf of HS2 Ltd, to help local landowners create new native, broadleaf woodlands and enhance existing ancient woodlands.
Applicants within 25 miles from the Phase One route are encouraged to apply.
More information regarding the Fund can be found here.
Environmental Monitoring Reports Published
HS2 Ltd have published their first monthly air quality and noise monitoring reports, initially for London. Publications are a requirement of the HS2 Code of Construction Practice and can be found here.
Archaeology works to commence at Ashwell's Farm, Chesham Lane
2 days of archaeological surveys are to start on the week of 6th November 2017, which will result in contractors COPA Ltd operating between 8am and 5pm, with an excavator and additional vehicles moving equipment to and from the site.
Archaeology works to commence at St John's Covert
7 days of archaeological surveys are to start on 1st November this year, which will result in contractors operating between 8am and 5pm, with additional vehicles moving equipment to and from the site.
HS2 publish their Community Engagement Strategy!
This strategy sets out HS2 Ltd's approach to community engagement and includes 10 commitments that HS2 will use as the basis to measure their success. This strategy aims to support HS2 in their planning, actions and decision making and can be found here.
Works at Lower Stone Meadows in Chalfont St Giles
3 months of survey and investigation works is due to commence from 2 October 2017 to 31 December 2017 at Lower Stone Meadows in Chalfont St Giles. This work will involve both non-intrusive and intrusive ground survey work in the area.
HS2 Site Works in Chalfont to start on 29 August
12 weeks of site works is due to commence at the end of August along Chalfont Lane and either side of the M25 overbridge, which will result in contractors operating between Monday and Friday 8-6pm, with estimations of increased levels of traffic and noise.
Groundwork announces independent panel meeting dates
The adminstrators of the Community and Business Fund applications have announced the meeting dates of the Indepdnent Panel for 2017. Groundwork makes assessments on those applications seeking under £75,001, however any applications seeking in excess of that figure (capped at £1 million) will be assessed by the Independent Panel.
- 6th June 2017
- 27th September 2017
- 14th December 2017
Context Reports Published
HS2 have published the planning context reports to those districts immediately affected, which includes Chiltern district. This Context Report can be found above in the 'Links and Documents' section.