Council considering legal challenge against HS2
Camden Council will launch a legal challenge if plans for a high speed rail line between London and the midlands go-ahead.
The council faces the demolition of 216 homes, with a further 264 homes at risk, by the development of the new line. The construction of phase 1 of the project between London and Birmingham was approved last month, with an indicated opening date of 2026.
Camden has served a formal letter before claim – the first step towards a legal challenge – to the secretary of state for transport Justine Greening, identifying legal flaws in the government’s decision to proceed with HS2.
The council warned that unless it receives a satisfactory response, it intends to mount a legal challenge by joining the 51M group – an alliance of local authorities opposed to the line.
The council has also accused the government of failing to guarantee up-front funds to mitigate the loss of housing in the local area.
Sarah Hayward, cabinet member for communities, regeneration and equalities said: ‘We think the government’s decision to proceed with HS2 is a catastrophic mistake and has not been taken correctly. We are talking about people’s homes and businesses - not golf courses. The government’s approach is flawed and we will fight this decision brick by brick if we have to.’