Camden Council opposes plans for HS2 as currently proposed, but if the Government does go ahead with the scheme we must secure the best deal for our communities. We are working with local residents, businesses and communities to seek to minimise the disruption they may experience from HS2 and to make the case that any proposals should maximise community benefits and regeneration opportunities.
Our Petition to parliament includes all of the things we think HS2 Ltd should do to mitigate the impact that HS2 could have on Camden. We have established Mitigation Working Groups that are negotiating with HS2 to consider and agree appropriate mitigation measures for the potential impact of HS2. Where agreement with HS2 Ltd and the Government cannot be reached we intend to use the work to inform our case before the Select Committee and lobbying of Parliament.
What are we asking for?
Our initial list of ‘asks’ was drawn up following a review of the detail provided in HS2 Ltd’s Environmental Statement and after discussions with HS2 Ltd and forms the basis of our Petition to parliament.
- You can view the list of ‘mitigation requests presented to HS2 Ltd in February 2014 here.
- You can view an update on the working of the mitigation working groups, published August 2014 here.
Some of the key issues we’ve been negotiating on are:
Housing: We’ve secured flats in the Netley development in Stanhope Street and submitted a planning application for replacement homes. This means all Council tenants and leaseholders set to lose their homes to HS2 will have a replacement home to move into in the Summer of 2017. HS2 Ltd will pay the market value for the replacement homes. More detail.
Living conditions: HS2 Ltd. has to minimise the effects of construction noise, dust and pollution on residents. We want them to recognise where changes to construction practice and measures such as installing extra window glazing are necessary. More detail.
Business: We are pressing HS2 to support affected businesses and compensate for their loss of income such as marketing and signposting to show businesses are still open. More detail.
Open space: We want HS2 replace the open space lost in Camden on a like for like basis. More detail.
Transport: We want rail to be used as much as possible to remove construction waste and debris rather than roads to reduce traffic congestion, pollution and road accidents. More detail.
Environment: We expect HS2 to use low emission vehicles, to monitor air quality and to keep noise to a minimum. More detail.
Schools: We are supporting Maria Fidelis Lower School to move to a single site in Somers Town. We ask HS2 not to start works until after this move. More detail.
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Latest news about our Mitigation Asks:
- February 2015: Concerns raised with community and business funds
- October 2014: Camden submits additional business and employment mitigation asks
- September 2014: Deputy Mayor and Camden Leader warn of housing crisis unless HS2 act now
- August 2014: Camden secures replacement housing for tenants displaced by HS2
- July 2014: Leader shows transport minister full impact of HS2
- March 2014: Reviewing ‘asks’ in light of the recent announcements regarding proposals for HS2
- February 2014: Consultation on new sites for HS2 replacement housing
- October 2013: HS2 Replacement Homes Consultation Report
- August 2013: HS2 replacement housing consultation
- July 2013: Housing Needs Survey
- July 2013: Inside Housing feature on Euston area residents
- April 2013: Proposed ventilation shaft to impact on Adelaide Local Nature Reserve (ALNR)
- March 2013: Housing needs survey
- January 2013: Camden meets with Simon Burns MP
- February 2013: Camden launches housing needs survey to affected properties