High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) - phase 1 & 2
The Government is developing a new national high speed rail network (HS2) connecting England and Scotland, the most significant transport infrastructure project in the UK since the building of the motorways.
Our project team, including rail engineering, landscape architecture and landscape planning experts, is currently working with our regional consultancy and property teams to undertake a thorough assessment of the potential impacts on all our properties near to the route to respond to the formal consultation which closes on 31 January 2014.
Phase one (London to Birmingham)
Whilst we have not opposed HS2 in principle, we remain opposed to the route of phase one, from London to Birmingham, for two key reasons:
- Its impact on the nationally designated Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- The impact on Hartwell House near Aylesbury, where our Grade I listed house and Grade II* listed park and garden will be directly affected.
The proposed route will also pass through the Waddesdon Estate, with its Victorian garden thought to be one of best in Britain; close to Claydon, once home to Florence Nightingale; and Coombe Hill, formerly part of the Chequers Estate.
Rather than campaign against HS2, we have put our efforts into seeking the best possible mitigation for the route as it passes around Aylesbury.
The hybrid Bill for phase one is expected to be deposited before Parliament autumn 2013. At this stage we will know how successful our negotiations have been, with the opportunity to petition parliament early in 2014.
Phase two (Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester)
On 17 July 2013 the Government launched a consultation for proposed route for Phase 2 of the high speed line, linking Birmingham with both Manchester and Leeds - maps of the phase 2 route are available to download.
We are deeply concerned about the impacts of the route chosen for the line up to Leeds where it passes through the Hardwick Estate near Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
We are also concerned about potential indirect impacts on Calke Abbey near Derby, Staunton Harold Church in Leicestershire, and Nostell Priory near Wakefield on the eastern side of the Y route. The western link could have impacts on Shugborough near Stafford, Dunham Massey near Altrincham and Tatton Park near Knutsford.