High Speed 2
HS2 is a proposed high-speed rail line from London to Birmingham. Camden Council remains strongly opposed to HS2 in its current form and we are doing all we can to ensure that the concerns of our local communities are heard at the highest level. Find out how HS2 will affect Camden and what we’re doing in response:
- latest news
- HS2 petitioning
- what we're doing
- impacts on your area
- HS2 costs to Camden report (PDF 1.31MB)
- Camden's HS2 e-newsletter - email email@example.com to sign up
Camden secures replacement housing for tenants displaced by HS2
Camden Council has secured new homes for some of the tenants displaced by High Speed Two (HS2), should the scheme go ahead. The council remains opposed to HS2 because of the negative impact it will have on Camden’s communities.
HS2 Ltd has agreed to pay Camden Council for the newly built flats, which in the absence of HS2 would have been sold privately to fund the refurbishment and redevelopment of Netley School.
The development will now be kept as social housing to replace half the flats in the Euston area which face demolition.
Councillor Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council said:
“We are opposed to HS2 because of the negative impact on our borough. Hundreds of people are being forced to move from their homes, and the struggle to find replacement homes is having a knock on effect on our ability to deliver additional homes for people on the waiting list.
“Camden has secured this deal to make sure that if HS2 does go ahead, residents who lose their homes will receive high quality replacement housing in a similar area. This comes at no extra cost to the community or our house-building programme.
“We are disappointed that this agreement with HS2 Ltd has been marred by needless delays. This has created unnecessary uncertainty for our residents and poor value for money for taxpayers. The council is firm that if our residents have to move at all it should only be once, which means no temporary rehousing while new properties are built. HS2 Ltd must get their act together on the next phase of replacement housing to avoid further delays.”
HS2 will pay Camden the market value of the replacement flats. This money will be used to fund the redevelopment of Netley School, investment in new council housing and other community projects.
The Council will continue to negotiate with HS2 Ltd to secure further replacement homes for the remaining tenants who would be displaced by the scheme.
At the same time Camden Council will continue its strong opposition to the scheme.
Catch up on the web chats
Over 250 people followed our web chats on HS2 in July- thank you to all who took part. If you missed what was said, you can still read the chats in full:
Would you like us to do more webchats in the future? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Select Committee Information
A select committee of MPs will hear from people, businesses and organisations who petitioned against the HS2 bill from July 2014 onwards.
The committee will hear evidence from petitioners in geographical sequence, starting with issues surrounding Curzon Street Station in Birmingham, before moving south down the line. Route-wide issues will be discussed at various points during this process and we will update you as soon as we know when these are likely to be.
As a result, petitioners from Camden await news of the dates at which they will be called to speak. At least four weeks’ notice should be given to petitioners of the date on which they are due to be heard.
Tutorials will be given by HS2 Ltd to the select committee on noise in July.
Select committee latest timings
The committee will start on Tuesday 1 July 2014, sit until Tuesday 22 July and then return to sit in September 2014 following the summer recess.
The committee will sit as follows:
• Tuesdays: 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm
• Wednesdays: 9.30am to 11.30am and 2pm to 5pm
• Thursdays: 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm as necessary.
The committee may also carry out evening sittings, in which case they might not sit on Thursday afternoon.
Select Committee Members
The select committee will be made up of the following MPs.
Mr Robert Syms, Chairman (Conservative) – Poole
Mr Henry Bellingham (Conservative) - Norfolk North West
Sir Peter Bottomley (Conservative) - Worthing West
Ian Mearns (Labour) - Gateshead
Yasmin Qureshi (Labour) - Bolton South East
Mr Michael Thornton (Liberal Democrat) - Eastleigh
Camden submits its petition
Camden Council submitted its petition to Parliament on Wednesday 14 May.
- View Camden’s petition
MPs vote for HS2 at Second Reading
On 28 April parliament voted for HS2 to go ahead.
We had called on Members of Parliament to vote against the Bill and do everything they could to oppose the current scheme, to protect the homes and livelihoods of thousands of Camden residents and businesses.
We are disappointed but will continue to make representations as the Bill now passes to Committee and will be publishing our full petition online shortly to help residents who wish to make their own representations. Find out about the petitioning process.
Read our response to the Environmental Statement
We have now submitted our response to HS2’s Environmental Statement, which is available to view.
- London Borough of Camden Comments on the Environmental Statement: Part 1 summary (PDF 384KB)
- London Borough of Camden Comments on the Environmental Statement: Part 2 schedule of detailed comments (PDF 4.33MB)
For an overview of the issues we raised, please view our easy read summary (Word 41.9KB).
Thank you to all Camden residents who responded to the consultation.
The impact on Camden
The recommended route for HS2 would run from Euston station. The borough will suffer a decade of blight, noise and disruption if HS2 goes ahead.
Construction work on the line would mean that:
- 226 Camden homes are to be demolished - more than double the 107 homes set to be lost along the rest of the line
- 250 Camden homes are at risk of re-housing
- Approximately 60 businesses will be affected by demolition and many hundreds more will be blighted by a decade of disruption
- a variety of listed buildings and open spaces – including approximately 80% of St James’ Gardens - will be lost
- the Maria Fidelis School will be significantly impacted because of its location.
Find out more on HS2's immediate cost to the people, communities and businesses in the Impact survey of High Speed 2 costs to Camden report (PDF 1.31MB)