An HS2 Review Group has been established, comprised of local authorities in the Chilterns affected by HS2, the Chilterns Conservation Board, Natural England, Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd. The group was formed following the approval of a proposal put to the HS2 Select Committee by CCB, Buckinghamshire County Council and Chiltern, Wycombe and Aylesbury Vale District Councils.
The Group had its first meeting in April 2016 and will meet regularly. It has a £3m budget to support identification and delivery of local measures over and above that proposed in the Environmental Statement or related detailed design. This could include works outside the limits of the HS2 Hybrid Bill.
The Conservation Board will be urging that the design takes full account of the nationally-important landscape of the AONB, its special character and its setting.
A Programme Manager, Helen Hall, has been appointed to take forward the work of the Review Group. This is a coordinating role and Helen will work closely with the Review Group and HS2 Ltd to influence the design of the scheme and develop a suite of enhancement projects within the AONB and its setting. Helen will be based within the Chilterns Conservation Board.
One of Helen’s priorities once in post will be to liaise with local communities and local groups on the work of the Review Group. Workshops and exhibitions will be arranged for later in the year so the public can find out more and give feedback on the initial proposals. Details of these events will be published as soon as they are available.
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