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Bucks HS2 Damage 'More Than Initially Predicted'

14 more ancient woodland sites threatened by the new high speed rail link than previously thought.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 8:02am 8th August 2015. 2-minute read.

Bucks HS2 Damage 'More Than Initially Predicted'

HS2 is set to damage more woodland sites than previously thought - one of which is in Buckinghamshire - a leading conservation charity has revealed

New research by the Woodland Trust has revealed the increase - with 14 more ancient woodland sites threatened by the new high speed rail link than previously thought.

Lead Campaigner at The Trust, Oliver Newham, tells us why it's important how the 14 areas they've discovered are categorised: 

"These will be impacted if the scheme goes ahead so the recognition they are ancient woodland is important. It's the government's own policy their ambition is no further loss of ancient woodland"

As it stands, route-wide there are now 97 ancient woods threatened by HS2, which according to information published by HS2 Ltd amounts to approximately 44.5 hectares or 110 acres.

Last week, HS2 Ltd published a suite of supplementary information covering plans for Phase 1 of the route from London to the West Midlands - ‘Additional Provision 2’ (AP2) and 'Supplementary Environmental Statement’ (SES).

AP2 lists more than 100 changes that have been made to Phase 1 since its original submission to Parliament.

The SES not only encompasses supplementary survey information and data relating to the originally prepared Environmental Statement for Phase 1 (which was published in November 2013) but also attempts to address environmental information and assessments relating to the route amends published in AP2.

Between them, the documents span almost 9,000 pages.

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