PART OF THE HS2 HISTORIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT PROJECT
Bucks County Council, after two years of outright opposition to HS2, eventually had to bow to a decision of the High Court.
The council now addressed the multiple impacts that the construction of the line will have in the county, holding ‘Summit Meetings’ with local organisations – at which society representatives voiced our many concerns at the impact of HS2 on the historic environment.
The society had already been talking to county council representatives for some time, particularly about the archaeological issues raised in many places along HS2's proposed route. All the survey reports done by society members had been lodged with the county's Historic Environment Record.
The result of the council's new involvement was a major document, ‘Buckinghamshire's HS2 Mitigation Blueprint’, which was issued by the county council with support from district councils. This set out the measures that the county expects HS2 Limited to take in order to minimise the impact of the line.
The sections on the historic environment are summarised on the following page, where there is also a link to the Blueprint itself.