County Council to respond to draft HS2 environmental impact report
Nottinghamshire County Council
is responding to the consultation on HS2 Ltd’s
proposed measures to reduce the environmental impacts of the route running through the county as set out in the second phase’s draft Environmental Statement.
A bill to seek powers to build and operate HS2 phase 2b is expected to be introduced to Parliament in 2020, which will include an Environmental Statement addressing a range of environmental impacts such as:
• historic buildings
• landscape and visual impacts
• noise and vibrations
• traffic and transport
• water resources and flood risks.
The Council’s Communities and Place Committee
has agreed its response to the draft statement today (Thursday 6 December). The draft statement is currently out for consultation until 21 December.
The comments relate to the design of the proposed scheme rather than the principle of HS2 or the line of the route.
Key comments include:
• the Council will be looking for public rights of way improvements including resurfacing works and creation of new routes as part of the HS2 scheme
• historic flooding records should be considered to ensure there will be no increased flood risks
• more detailed modelling work on predicted traffic impacts and design work needs to be undertaken to ensure the route does not impact on the county’s wider highway network
• more detail needed on the new roads and public transport, pedestrian and cycling routes accessing the Toton Railway Hub, particularly from the A52
• more information required on noise and vibration impacts during the works and when the route starts to operate
• noise and visual impact of the route on designated historic structures in the county should be limited, particularly the use of noise barriers which can be visually intrusive
• access to outdoor space during construction should be maintained for walking, cycling sort and riding.
It is hoped HS2 will help create more housing opportunities near to the new Toton Station, with a potential for over 20,000 new homes, including the development of a mixed-use garden village.
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: “Whilst HS2 has the potential to be a catalyst for significant economic growth for Nottinghamshire, its construction and operation also has many potential impacts on our environment.
“Our priority is getting the best outcomes for Nottinghamshire, so our feedback on the Draft Environmental Statement aims to avoid, reduce and monitor these impacts.
“We’ll be highlighting a range of concerns about the detail and scope of the statement to ensure all environmental impacts affecting the county are considered fully and minimised where possible.”
Construction of the Phase 2 routes are expected to start in 2023 with rail services planned to start in 2033.
The ‘eastern leg’ of the proposed HS2 route between Birmingham and Leeds will run along the western side of the Nottinghamshire for approximately 20 miles, entering close to East Midlands Parkway Station near Ratcliffe-on-Soar.
The line will stop at the new Toton Railway Hub before closely following the line of the M1 past Junction 28 before crossing into Derbyshire.