Two New Challenges to HS2
We are pleased to confirm that HS2AA and the London Borough of Hillingdon have come together to launch two fresh actions against the Government in respect of HS2.
First, we have lodged a complaint against the Government for breaching its obligations under the Aarhus Convention, an international treaty designed to protect the environment, in connection with its decision making on HS2.
Second, permission was granted on 18 April by the High Court to hear a fresh judicial challenge on HS2, this time challenging the decision by the Secretary of State for Transport to issue safeguarding directions without undertaking a Strategic Environmental Assessment. A hearing will take place in the High Court on 9 June and is expected to last three days.
If the complaint made to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee is successful, the Government would be required to start again on decision making about HS2.
If the High Court hearing on safeguarding is successful, the current prohibition on developing land identified for the route of Phase 1 of HS2 would be lifted and could not be reinstated until the Government has completed an environmental assessment.
You can find a link to our complaint to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee by clicking here.
You can find details of our press release here
Hilary Wharf of HS2 Action Alliance said, “Since the start of this project there has been a sorry story of the Government trying to avoid important environmental protection requirements which are enshrined in law. We believe that the same environmental and planning law standards should apply to HS2 as any other project and we are prepared to go to Europe and back to the High Court to protect that principle. We couldn’t have undertaken either action without the generous support of our supporters and we continue to be amazed at people’s generosity and support. We would also like to thank the London Borough of Hillingdon for their support. ”
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