Alternative route for Chalfont St Peter HS2 haul road
Buckinghamshire County Council, Chiltern District Council and HS2 contractors, Align, have worked together closely to find a better solution for access to the planned Chalfont St Peter tunnel vent shaft.
HS2 Ltd had originally planned to use Chesham Lane, Denham Lane and Joiners Lane as their construction route, but this is unsuitable because of its proximity to Robertswood School, Montessori Nursery School, the Epilepsy Society and Woodland Manor Care Home.
The original proposal meant HS2 traffic would be too close to young children and vulnerable adults walking along the road, and there was concern about parking problems along the route.
Buckinghamshire County Council and Chalfont St Peter Parish Council originally asked Parliament in 2015 to provide an alternative haul road across land between the A413 Amersham Road and Chesham Lane. At that time HS2 Ltd acknowledged some benefits, but said that, on balance, it was too expensive and not feasible.
However, now the contractors have looked at the detailed design and agreed the alternative haul road would be a better, safer solution. Their planning application, which was consulted upon, was approved by Chiltern District Council’s Planning Committee yesterday (Monday, 16 December).
Historic England made no comment and Natural England made no objection to the application. However, a condition of planning permission is a full site restoration plan to mitigate the temporary environmental effect on the character of the area.
A Chalfont St Peter construction compound will be in use for a minimum of four years, with busy traffic for around 10 months: up to 106 two-way heavy lorry movements a day during the peak construction months.
Construction of the vent shaft is expected to start early next year (2020).