Interesting Day In High Court

HS2AA today received judgement in the case it brought with the London Borough of Hillingdon concerning lawfulness od the decision by the Secretary of State for Transport to introduce Safeguarding Directions without first undertaking a Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive.

The judgement contained some surprising conclusions, some of which did not appear to have been discussed in court or previous written submissions.

Hillingdon Council and HS2AA are  disappointed that the High Court has dismissed their judicial review claim. The Safeguarding Directions issued by the Government have not been subject to a Strategic Environmental Assessment, as required by European Law, and the judicial system  which is supposed to enforce this law in a consistent manner has, once again, allowed the Government to treat itself as a special case, regardless of the environmental harm which will be caused by its failure to observe its legal obligations.

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