Colne Valley Regional Park Panel
The Colne Valley Regional Park Panel was formalised through a legal assurance provided by HS2 after considerable effort was undertaken through the petitioning process in the Houses of Parliament. The Council put forward a significant case to the Select Committee, highlighting the special nature to the protected area known as the Colne Valley Regional Park. The Select Committee appreciated the protected area and recommended approval of a formal Panel which would work collaboratively and in a timely way to consider the following:
Develop and co-ordinate recommendations to the relevant local planning authorities regarding HS2 Ltd’s proposed landscape design within the Colne Valley Regional Park;
Develop and co-ordinate recommendations to HS2 Ltd for appropriate ‘Additional Mitigation Measures’ for both the construction period and subsequent operation of the railway, subject to the accepted limitation that proposals ‘do not unreasonably impact on the timely, economic and safe delivery and operation of the railway’;
Review proposals put forward by HS2 Ltd and other bodies, including the Colne Valley viaduct design, and co-ordinate recommendations across its members to the relevant planning authorities;
To proactively input to and review design principles, policies and guidance produced by or on behalf of HS2 Ltd for the Colne Valley Regional Park.
The Colne Valley Regional Park Panel is made up of 14 bodies of which Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils are members with a programme manager whom oversees and manages the Panel. The lifespan of the Panel is currently set at 2 years from inception and has been granted £3 million in funding to identify additional landscape and ecological mitigation and enhancements within the Park.
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 viaduct concept document explores a range of options and ideas for how it can be situated within the Colne Valley, and can be found listed above as 'Colne Valley Viaduct Specimen Design Report'.
Additional Mitigation Plan Published!
The Colne Valley Regional Park Panel's AMP has now been published online to view.
Link can be found here.
CVRPP Newsletter - October 2017
The Colne Valley Regional Park Panel has published its 'HS2 Additional Mitigation Plan' and is in the process of developing some of the project for delivery.
The newsletter can be found here