The HS2 Phase One planning forum acts as the primary vehicle for liaison between the HS2 project and local authorities along the HS2 Phase One route
The HS2 Phase One planning forum acts as the primary vehicle for liaison between the HS2 project and local authorities along the HS2 Phase One route between London and the West Midlands on matters of cross boundary and route-wide interest.
Invitees to the planning forum are officers representing the relevant local planning authorities, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd and the Department for Transport.
The forum meets approximately monthly with a forward programme of meetings and anticipated agenda items produced and maintained.
Each of the meetings in practice comprises two meetings with the same agenda on successive days: one meeting in the north and one meeting in the south along the HS2 Phase One route. Officers attend whichever meeting is more convenient to them. The meetings are recorded in minutes and the meeting papers distributed to members.
Matters addressed at the forum change and evolve to reflect the development stages of the project with the forum’s terms of reference updated accordingly.
The forum has an independent chairman, Ted Allett, who has over 30 years’ experience in the environment and planning industries.
Current discussions and sub-groups
During the passage of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill through Parliament, the focus of the forum’s discussions is the proposed planning regime set out in the Bill and the associated documents, and in particular the environmental minimum requirements.
In view of the wide scope of the environmental minimum requirements and the different specialisms involved, the planning forum has a number of sub-groups, which meet as necessary. The current active sub-groups are:
Department for Transport updates
Terms of reference