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.
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.