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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:

HS2 Ltd. agree to more community consultation on Euston

HS2 Ltd. have announced they will take more time to engage the community and get the design of Euston station right, following repeated calls to do so from Camden Council.
 
Welcoming news that HS2 Ltd will take the time to properly involve the community in the design of Euston station, Councillor Phil Jones, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning said:

“Efforts by HS2 Ltd to engage with the community living around Euston have so far been a bit of a joke. Now they have conceded that they need to do better, I expect a real effort to be made to listen to local people and give them a say on what is planned. Presenting a fait accompli is not acceptable – there needs to be a real opportunity for the community to influence what happens with the station redevelopment.

“If HS2 is going to be forced on Camden against our wishes then we must have proper consideration of all the different station options, including the blight and disruption that construction will cause.”

This means that Parliament will not consider the new design of Euston Station, along with the accompanying Environmental Statement, until after the general election in May 2015. The petitioning period and consultation on the Environmental Statement will also not start until then.

In designing the new Euston Station, HS2 Ltd. are following the Secretary of State’s brief of producing a plan which combines regeneration, community engagement and constructability, along with a more ambitious station design, within budget.

Camden Council submits response to HS2 Ltd.'s Property Consultation 2014

Camden Council submitted its full response to HS2 Ltd.'s property consultation on 30 September 2014. You can now download our full response.

Draft response to HS2 Ltd.'s Property Consultation 2014 

The Council has been preparing a response on HS2 Ltd.’s recently published Property Consultation 2014 document. In order to ensure we are open and transparent the latest version of the Council’s draft response is available to review here
 
• Draft property consultation response (Opens as a PDF)

You are welcome to comment on the draft and we will of course listen to what you say. If you do have any comments on this draft please email the HS2 team on highspeed2@camden.gov.uk by 29 September 2014. Please note that this draft is an emerging draft document and is subject to change.

In view of the very tight timescales imposed on us the Council will not be able to reconsult on emerging versions of the document and on amendments we make between now and HS2 Ltd.’s deadline for submitting our comments which is 30 September 2014. 

A decision on this submission document is to be taken by Councillor Phil Jones, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport & Planning at Camden Council, on 30 September 2014.

October HS2 community conversations

Camden’s residents and businesses have been dealt the worst compensation deal in the country and inadequate protection from more than a decade of disruption. Please come to our Community Conversation meetings and help us to get the best deal for Camden:

• Wednesday 1 October, 7pm to 9pm, Dick Collins Hall, Redhill Street, NW1 4DJ
• Thursday 2 October, 7pm to 9pm, London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, NW1 9XB
• Tuesday 7 October, 7pm to 9pm, Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Rd, NW3 3HA 

Deputy Mayor and Camden Leader warn of housing crisis unless HS2 act now 

Sir Edward Lister and Councillor Sarah Hayward have written to the Transport Minister to warn that at least 250 homes on the Regents Park Estate could be made uninhabitable by HS2.

The letter urges HS2 to act now to find replacement housing to avoid a housing crisis later on.

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 highspeed2@camden.gov.uk

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.

Please view the programme for July hearings and information on the procedure for speaking before the select committee.

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.

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.

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) 

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