74: Committee proceedings resume and Additional Provisions are published
This article was written by Jessica Healy, Trainee Solicitor at BDB.
THE PETITION HEARINGS COMMENCE
On 1 September the HS2 Committee reconvened following the summer recess and resumed considering the petitions against the proposed Bill. As mentioned in our blog entry 64 (Committee sets out detail of petition appearances and timetabling) the Committee has programmed to hear the petitions from north to south and is currently considering petitioners from the Birmingham area.
The Committee’s programme for September and early October was published on 29 August. The programme indicates that the Committee intends to hear from seventeen petitioners in the first two weeks of September. However, the Committee has actually only heard from ten of these petitioners. This is due to a number of the petitioners withdrawing their petitions following successful negotiations with HS2 Limited. Other petitioners have asked to defer the presentation of their petitions whilst negotiations with HS2 continue.
So far the Committee has heard from:
- Curzon Street Station petitioners
- Station Approach petitioners
- Saltley petitioners
- Washwood Heath petitioners
ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS BEFORE PARLIAMENT
HS2 laid the first set of Additional Provisions or “AP1” as HS2 have referred to them to extend the Bill’s scope, before Parliament on 1 September. The Additional Provisions were considered in the House of Commons on 9 September and the motion was passed to instruct the HS2 Committee to consider these amendments and the accompanying supplementary Environmental Statement.
The petitioning period in relation to the Additional Provisions will run from the 19 September until 17 October 2014. If you are affected by an Additional Provision, it is worth taking advice on the value of petitioning. Even if you have not petitioned against the Bill as it stands, you may still be able to petition against the Additional Provisions if you are specially and directly affected.
The Additional Provisions include 55 minor changes to the proposed Bill, falling into three main categories:
- changes following requests from landowners and occupiers affected by the scheme;
- a number of design refinements; and
- additional requirements in association with the diversion of utility infrastructure affected by the scheme.
There is also a consultation on a supplementary environmental statement which accompanies the Additional Provisions, running from 19 September until 14 November.
THE COMMITTEE EXPRESSES ITS VIEWS ON PETITIONS IT HAS HEARD SO FAR
On the 10 September the Chair of the Committee, Robert Syms (Conservative MP for Poole) began the morning session by announcing the view the Committee has formed so far in relation to the following issues:
- Curzon Street Station area– HS2 need to undertake more consultation with major landowner in the area, particularly in relation to the access to and from Digbeth:
- Curzon Park Limited– HS2 should work towards an improved offer on land return;
- Washwood Heath and alternative facilities– HS2 and joint petitioners, Friends Life Limited and Axa Real Estate Investment Managers Limited have agreed to exchange further information. The Committee will express its view once this exchange has taken place; and
- Lionbrook Nominee (Network Park) No.1 Limited and associated companies– the Committee encourages the parties to reach an agreement on access, safety, the needs of tenants and the value of the site before the Committee sits in October. If no agreement is made by then the Committee will express its view.
The Committee stated that it did not invite further action on petitioners’ other requests heard to date, but did invite HS2 and all petitioners to seek agreement as far as possible.
The Committee will continue to hear submissions from petitioners from the Birmingham area. In addition, the Committee has a two separate site visits planned. The first took place yesterday when the Committee visited various sites between Birmingham Interchange and Lichfield. Today, the Committee will make an unaccompanied site visit to the Crossrail tunnels, before resuming consideration of petitions in the afternoon.
CHANGES TO HS2 INFORMATION PAPERS
17 September 2014