Thank you to everyone who contributed to the first step towards the HS2 judicial reviews. Judicial reviews look at whether the appropriate processes have been followed by the government before making their decision – Stop HS2 does not think they have.
We asked for information that might be useful in developing the judicial reviews, and we are very grateful to all the people who have already forwarded information.
There is still time to send us information if you have it – the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also asked for funding for the environmental judicial review. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed: this has gone towards the amount raised by HS2 action groups, HS2AA and other organisations for the legal challenge.
The grounds for the environmental legal challenge are the failure of the Department for Transport to comply with the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Regulations 2004 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. The SEA Regulations require a full strategic environmental assessment of any important infrastructure project and an assessment of all alternatives to be completed before any proposals are presented for public consultation. The Government failed to do this with HS2.
As we reported last week, a separate letter of complaint regarding the UK Government’s non-compliance with the SEA Directive has also been sent by BBOWT (Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust) to the European Commission, inviting the Commission to investigate the actions of the UK Government on this matter.
There are two separate claimants in the legal challenges. For the environmental one it is HS2AA and for the case looking at the process of the consultation it is 51M, a group of councils opposed to HS2.