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Law in the Countryside CPD Training Bundle
Categories:
Environmental Law
Planning
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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
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This podcast is aimed at those interested in HS2 or ‘High Speed 2’, the proposed high speed railway service between London and Birmingham. HS2 seems to have general support from the three main UK political parties. However there is debate and disagreement on a number of factors, most crucially concerning the environmental impact of the planned service. If the HS2 plan is approved, construction could begin in 2017 with the first trains by 2025.

In this podcast Neil will be focusing on two particular aspects of the process for objecting to HS2: consultation and environmental impact assessments, with a reference also to the requirements of the Habitats Directive.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Be aware of the government’s proposals for High Speed Rail 2;
  • Understand how to object to proposals at consultation stage;
  • Be aware of the legal principles relevant to the consultation process;
  • Be aware of some of the relevant authorities relating to consultation;
  • Know what the legal requirements are for Environmental Impact Assessments;
  • Understand the significance of the Habitats Directive in the context of HS2.
Level:
Specialist Difficulty: 5 of 5
Classification:
Legislative Updates
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • “High Speed Rail: Investing in Britain’s Future” (February 2011) (“the Consultation Document”);
  • Aarhus Convention;
  • Bund Naturschutz in Bayern e.V. and Richard Stahnsdorf and others v Freistaat Bayern, Stadt Vilsbiburg and Landkreis LandshutCase C-396/9215;
  • Directive 85/337;
  • Luxembourg v. Linster;
  • R (on the application of Greenpeace) v. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry;
  • R (on the application of Hillingdon ) v. Secretary of State for Transport;
  • R v Brent London Borough Council, Ex p Gunning (1985) 84 LGR;
  • R v. North East Devon Health Authority ex parte Coughlan;
  • R(Elphinstone) v Westminster CC [2008] EWHC 1287;
  • Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999;
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and others v. Autonome Provinz Bozen13 (“Bozen”).

This podcast is about HS2 or ‘High Speed 2’, the proposed high speed railway service between London and Birmingham. It focuses on two particular aspects of the process for objecting to HS2: consultation and environmental impact assessments, with a reference also to the requirements of the Habitats Directive.

Podcast added: 21/06/2011

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-05-28

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