I refer to a document produced by the High Speed 2 Local Authority Noise Consortium (LANC). It is a Written Position Statement on Petitioners’ Main Concerns in respect of Operational Sound, Noise and Vibration at Residential Receptors, dated 29th October 2015.
It has been submitted to the House of Commons HS2 Bill Committee and carries the reference A1572 in that regard.
It is on line at the following link:
Paragraph 2.3 of that document is as follows:
"2.3 Provision of Information
LANC requires that the following information is provided to inform the remaining planning approvals processes for the scheme design:
- Operational airborne noise impact plans;
- Operational airborne noise and ground borne noise and vibration assessment tables, for all adverse noise and/or vibration effects;
- Supplementary information that demonstrates that:
• the Nominated Undertaker has taken all reasonable steps to mitigate and minimise adverse effects above LOAEL through the control of airborne noise;
• where possible the Nominated Undertaker has contributed to the improvement of health and quality of life through the control of airborne noise;
LANC requires the nominated undertaker to provide the above information in accordance with the assessment methodology presented in the ES Scope and Methodology Report for the purposes of complying with the General Principles of the EMRs, and also in accordance with any other assessment methodology that has been adopted to comply with the commitments set out in the Information Papers."
This matter is discussed in the bill committee from paragraph 19 of the minute at the link below. It is reported as relating to “information that HS2 will provide to the local planning authorities during the Schedule 16 stage of the Bill”
It is noted that at paragraph 255 of the minutes for the afternoon session on the same day, (link below) that Counsel for HS2, Mr Mould, acknowledged the importance of this information but advised the Bill committee of an intention not to provide this information until HS2 Ltd was “looking for authority to bring the scheduled works into effect.”
As indicated by slide number A1571(30) from the same evidence session, at the link below, this demonstrates an explicit intention not to publish this information until after the High Speed line has been constructed and commissioned. This is wholly contrary to the Aarhus convention and the EIR’s which implement the convention provisions.
The information should be published prior to parliament being able to determine the bill and certainly before even the initial Schedule 16 stage in respect of plans and specifications for the limited local authority approval powers.
Therefore, to the extent that any component of the information, as set out in paragraph 2.3 of the LANC document above, is already held by HS2 Ltd, please provide that data now under the provisions of the Environmental Information Regulations.
Dr Paul Thornton
Dear Mr Thornton,
Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd. We are considering your request under the Environmental Information Regulation 2004 and aim to reply no later than 18 January 2015.
Your reference number for the request is FOI15-1463
Dear Dr Thornton
Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd. Your request has been treated under the Environmental Information Regulation (EIR) 2004 and attached is our response.
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