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Buckinghamshire appeals against HS2 lorry routes

Words: Laura Edgar
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Buckinghamshire Council has launched judicial review proceedings against decisions by the Planning Inspectorate to approve schedule 17 lorry routes submitted by HS2 Ltd.

During consideration of the applications, the council said it had sought further information it thought necessary to carry out its statutory duty to assess the impacts of the proposed routes.

HS2 appealed over the non-determination of two of the applications – relating to Brackley Road and the Wendover Green Tunnel – to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), which is allowed.  

Steven Broadbent, cabinet member for transport at Buckinghamshire Council, said: “The decision to go ahead and take these appeals to the High Court is the right thing to do for our residents and communities. Following counsel’s advice, we believe we have a strong reason to challenge the decisions of the inspector in allowing the lorry routes to be used, which will have an enormous and detrimental impact on our local roads.”

A different inspector dealt with the other four appeals, which related to Small Dean Lane, Wendover to the strategic road network; Small Dean Viaduct, Wendover to the strategic road network; Chiltern Tunnel North Portal to the strategic road network; and three worksites at Little Missenden, Chesham, and the North Portal to the strategic road network. An inspector allowed all appeals.

The council is waiting to hear if the judicial review will be allowed.

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