Wednesday 6 March 2013
At the HS2 Stakeholder Summit in Aylesbury yesterday a document was unveiled which outlines the best compromises for Buckinghamshire should the HS2 high speed railway get the go-ahead by Parliament.
Drafted by Bucks County Council and the four district councils, and endorsed by many local and national groups, Buckinghamshire's Mitigation Blueprint for HS2 contains a number of mitigation and compensation measures. These include placing the line in a tunnel under the Chilterns AONB, protecting roads, rights of way and heritage features and creating new green spaces.
Leader of Bucks County Council Councillor Martin Tett stressed that their priority is opposing HS2, but should the scheme proceed the very best mitigation must be put in place.
The Chilterns Conservation Board's policy is that the route of HS2 should avoid the nationally-protected Chilterns AONB. If this is not possible, then everything must be done to ensure that the line cannot be seen, heard or felt in the AONB. The design of all structures must respect their setting in a natural protected environment and must be to the highest international standards. The Board endorses the Bucks Mitigation Blueprint as a means of beginning to articulate how this might be achieved.