Wednesday 23 November 2016
The Chilterns Conservation Board's Chief Officer Sue Holden gave evidence at the House of Lords HS2 Select Committee on November 8th. She requested that the funds allocated to landscape enhancement work to further integrate the HS2 route into the Chilterns countryside were increased from £3m to £10m. The Board and its local authority partners in Buckinghamshire feel that an increase is necessary to allow for proper measures to minimise the impact of this major infrastructure project on the nationally-protected landscapes of the Chilterns AONB. The Select Committee will report on their final recommendations in due course.
Prior to this, the Board received strengthened assurances from HS2 Ltd that the design principles produced by the Chilterns Review Group will be adopted during the detailed design and construction of the HS2 route through the Chilterns AONB. The Group, of which the Board is a member, is working on design principles specific to the AONB and developing proposals to enhance the landscape of the Misbourne Valley.