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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. 



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

The Chilterns AONB HS2 Draft Detailed Design Principles


DDP High Resolution

DDP Low Resolution

The draft 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 document is available to read at the locations shown below, if you have any comments on the draft document please send them by the 7th January 2018 to DDP@chilternsaonb.org or post to:

AONB Detailed Design Principles

The Chiltern Conservation Board

The Lodge

90 Station Road


Oxfordshire OX39 4HA


Hard copies of the document are also available to view during normal opening times at the following locations from the 24th November 2017:

Wendover Library, High St, Wendover, Aylesbury HP22 6DU

Great Missenden Library, High St, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

Aylesbury Vale District Council The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF

Chiltern District Council, King George V House, King George V Rd, Amersham HP6 5AW