Phase Two to Leeds: Impact on Heath Old Church in Derbyshire

K Brown made this Freedom of Information request to High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

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Dear High Speed Two (HS2) Limited,

Looking at the Proposed Route for HS2 Phase Two, Birmingham to Leeds, I see from map data that the route will pass directly through the churchyard of Heath Old Church in Derbyshire (S44 5SJ). Coordinates are provided in case of doubt: 53.19912,-1.32439.

Please could you provide me with detailed answers of the following:
1. All information you hold on who owns or who may have previously owned the land of the churchyard and surrounding graveyard. And the methods you used to discover this information.
2. What considerations have you made to protect the remains of this historical listed church, and to protect the consecrated graveyard surrounding it. As a reminder, you are required by law to make "every effort to preserve" the listed building on the site.
3. Any communications (or attempted contact) with the landowner, including consent or refusal to demolition, removal of graves or other damage/changes to the land surrounding the church.
4. Any communications (or attempted contact) with the families and relatives of the deceased who may be buried in Heath Old Church.
4. Any communications with English Heritage or the local authority about delisting the protection on Heath Old Church.
5. A summary of any communications with anyone else (names, dates and a short description of their comments) in regards to the route passing through the churchyard and graveyard of Heath Old Church.

Yours faithfully,
Mr Brown

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Dear Mr Brown

 

Thank you for your request below.  We are treating it as a request under
the Environmental Information Regulations  which  allows us up to 20
working days to respond.  Therefore, we aim to reply by  26 January 2015.

 

Please note your reference number is FOI14-1239.

 

Regards

Karen

 

 

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Dear HS2Enquiries,
This is a courtesy message that a response should be received by today (26th January) at the latest, in regards to ref: FOI14-1239.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Brown

HS2Enquiries, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd. Your email has been received by the
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Dear Mr Brown

 

I  writing in connection  with your request below and are treating it as a
request for information under the Environmental Information Regulations. 

 

In relation to questions 1, and  3  to 5 below,  we have searched our
records and do not hold the information requested.    We do not hold
information on the present or previous owners and we have not had any
correspondence with any of the people or organisations listed regarding
the graveyard.  Please note that when we require information on the owners
of properties we use data from the Land Registry.

 

It should also be noted that Phase Two of High Speed Two is at an early
stage of development and that no decisions on the Phase Two route have yet
been made by Government. 

 

In relation to question 2  Environmental considerations have been an
integral part of the route development process from the outset. The
Appraisal of Sustainability (AoS) process is used to appraise and report
on the sustainability performance of the Phase Two proposals throughout
their development. It ensures HS2 Ltd takes account of sustainability
issues, including the impact on listed buildings, at the appropriate stage
of the scheme’s development. Details about the process and the method used
in relation to sustainability, including heritage, can be found at:.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....

 

HS2 Ltd’s Sustainability Policy sets out HS2 Ltd’s commitment to be an
exemplar project
(https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...).
It states that Hs2 Ltd will seek to avoid significant adverse effects on
communities, business and the natural, historic and built environment. The
AoS process is the first step in seeking to achieve this, where possible.

 

You may find information in relation to Phase One (the route between
London and the West Midlands, which is more advance in design and
assessment) of HS2 useful.  For Phase One, a Draft Heritage Memorandum has
been prepared which sets out how the historic environment (including
heritage assets and their setting) will be addressed  during the design
and construction of the Phase One scheme. It provides a framework for the
nominated undertaker, English Heritage, local authorities and other
stakeholders to work together to ensure that the design and construction
of the HS2 works are carried out with due regard for heritage
considerations.   The Phase One Draft Heritage Memorandum can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

 

Also for Phase One of HS2, HS2 Ltd have prepared information papers (IP)
relating to both Archaeology (IP: E8) and Burial Grounds (IP:E12)
respectively and can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....

 

Where we have stated that we do not hold the information we are relying on
EIR exception  12 (4)(a) which  is subject to a public interest test. 
However, the Information Commissioner’s Office recognises that it can be
impossible to do a meaningful public interest test (PIT) if the
information is not held. As such, a PIT has not been carried out. The
following link sets out regulation12 (4) (a) in full:
[1]http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2004/...

 

 

If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request or with the
decisions made in relation to your request, you may complain in writing to
HS2 Ltd at the above address. Please also see attached details of HS2
Ltd’s complaints procedure and your right to complain to the Information
Commissioner.  Please remember to quote reference number FOI14-1239 in any
future communication relating to this request.

 

Regards

Karen

 

 

Karen MacKnight | Freedom of Informaition Manager | HS2 Ltd 

Tel: 020 79444908  | | [High Speed Two request email] | Facebook | Twitter |
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High Speed Two (HS2) Limited, 19th Floor, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf,
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