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Chilterns AONB Review Group – seeking an exemplar design for HS2 through the Chilterns

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. 

Meeting minutes from the Review Group are listed on the HS2 website here.

HS2 Review Group

Papers

Chilterns AONB Review Group : Terms of Reference and General Design Principles

The Chilterns AONB HS2 Detailed Design Principles

Download: Detailed Design Principles 

The Detailed Design Principles (DDP) document has been produced in response to an Assurance provided by HS2 during the passage of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Act 2017 through Parliament: namely, that this guidance would be used by HS2 and their contractors to inform their design through the Chiltern’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The document has been written by landscape architects LUC, on behalf of the AONB Review Group in collaboration with the following organisations: Chilterns Conservation Board, Chiltern District Council, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Natural England and HS2 Ltd.

This document, a technical advice note, is intended to advise and inform the designers appointed by HS2 about the special landscape qualities of the AONB and to afford the said principles due weight and consideration in their design of the railway. 

The Additional Projects Fund

The Secretary of State has made £3m available to support work to identify local environmental integration and enhancement measures as Additional Projects.

The Review Group Panel will be reviewing the projects and deciding on the allocation of funding on a periodic basis. Due to the integration nature of the projects, some are not going to be started till after construction of the train line is almost complete.

Project Selection

During 2017 there were two workshops where professionals and members of the public made suggestions for project ideas and themes, these were subsequently developed into projects and passed through a screening and prioritisation process detailed in the Chiltern Environmental Integration Plan Part II.  Further to these, there are Projects that have been developed following work undertaken by the Review Group on Detailed Design Principles being used by the Designers on HS2.  It is anticipated some of these projects will be funded from the Additional Projects fund once the Design Process is more advanced.

Notifying the Additional Projects Review Group of Project Ideas

If you have an idea for a Project that would meet the above criteria then please get in touch with the Programme Manager Helen Hall, who will talk through your ideas, and if the project can be developed for further consideration by the Additional Projects Review Group at their next Additional Project Review Meeting. 

There isn’t a formal application process for the fund, if your project doesn’t meet the above criteria then you might want to look at these other sources of funding currently available for HS2 related projects: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/hs2funds 

The Additional Projects Review Group Panel will convene every 6 months, where the Programme Manager will present them with the current portfolio of projects seeking funding from the fund; his can range from initial feasibility studies through to full capital funding.  The decision making is based against the criteria score and the discussion and voting of the Review Group Panel convened.

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