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HS2 Ltd Engagement

National Environmental Forum

The National Environmental Forum advises HS2 Ltd on a strategic approach to significant environment effects, including its approach to mitigation. It aims to provide a framework for obtaining input from key environmental stakeholders to inform the scope and methodology for the Environmental Impact Assessment, mitigation proposals and environmental design aims and minimum requirements.

Membership of the National Environment Forum includes:

  • HS2 Ltd;
  • Department for Transport;
  • Other Government Departments; and
  • Statutory environmental consultees, e.g. Environment Agency, Natural England and English Heritage.

HS2 Planning Forum

The planning forum acts as the focus for liaison with HS2 line of route authorities on matters of cross boundary and route-wide generic interest.

Membership the Planning Forum includes:

  • HS2 Ltd;
  • Department for Transport;
  • Local authority representatives.

Meetings currently take place monthly.

Sub groups have been established to focus on specific topic based cross boundary or route wide issues as required. Sub groups currently in operation are as follows:

  • Acoustics;
  • Heritage;
  • Highways; and
  • Code of Construction Practice.

West Midlands Engagement Structure

An HS2 Strategic Board has been created for the West Midlands to bring together senior representatives from relevant organisations including Local Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships, to set the strategic agenda for HS2 with the ultimate aim of maximising the benefits of HS2 for Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. Beneath this group sits a Programme Coordination group who have responsibility for taking forward the agenda set by the Strategic Board. A series of further working groups sit beneath this group who take forward actions and work programmes on specific themes including the following:

  • The Birmingham Curzon Station;
  • The Interchange Station;
  • The Washwood Heath Depot & East Birmingham;
  • Business Relocation and Mitigation;
  • Jobs and Skills;
  • Transport Connectivity; and
  • Construction Period.

Membership of these working groups comprise representatives of HS2 Ltd, City Council Officers, Network Rail, Centro, other Local Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Community Forums

HS2 Ltd has set up Community Forums along the length of the proposed route to provide local communities with the opportunity to have influence as more detailed route plans and blight policies are being developed. In particular the Community Forums have a remit to make specific local recommendations on mitigation and solutions and to identify local benefits and activities that could be linked to HS2. Whilst many Community Forum attendees are members of the public, meeting are not open to the general public and attendance is by invitation only.

Two Community Forums have been established that are of relevance to people within the City, as listed below. A link is provided for each that directs to the HS2 website, which provides the agendas and records of each of the Community Forum meetings.

Curzon Street to Washwood Heath
Castle Bromwich and Bromford