Future Climate Info lead the way with HS2
Following the announcement of the new proposed route for HS2, Future Climate Info (FCI) manually digitised and added the additional second route to all reports in late summer 2016.
Although the proposed South Yorkshire route has not yet been approved, FCI reports now account for both routes to ensure all risks are highlighted early on. As it’s still under the consultation phase, the new route won’t be publicly available until the Secretary of State announces its decision, which is expected to be released towards the end of November.
The new route if approved, will pass between Rotherham and Doncaster as opposed to the original route between Sheffield and Rotherham. In the light of this news, residents living on the new Shimmer Estate, Mexborough which was developed by Strata Homes have been told that “some or all of their land” may be required if the plans are approved. A letter to the Shimmer Estate residents announced that “a detailed plan for construction would not be developed until at least 2020, and would be subject to detailed scrutiny before approval by Parliament.”
Following this news, affected residents commissioned an 83-page report to challenge the proposal, as well as suggesting alternative routes, including a variation of the old Meadowhall plan and another to the west of Barnsley.
Whilst residents wait to hear the verdict, it is strongly advised that this new proposed route is flagged to all owners and those considering purchasing property within the vicinity. As the route is only a proposal, there is a risk that it may change so FCI will continue to keep a close eye on the development of the new HS2 route to be ready to act quickly should anything change again.
Commenting on the proposed route, Geoff Offen, Managing Director of FCI.
“At FCI we continually monitor developments in data and planning to ensure we offer the highest quality reporting and bring the best possible offering to clients and homebuyers. With the new proposed route having such a potential impact on both homeowners and potential homebuyers it was paramount that we acted quickly in adding the additional route to all FCI reports.”
BBC News, 7 July 2016. HS2 South Yorkshire route change threatens new estate. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-36716526 [Accessed 9 November 2016]
BBC News, 2 November 2016. HS2 South Yorkshire campaigners submit alternative report. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-37850886 [Accessed 9 November 2016]
South Yorkshire Times, 25 October 2016. Government urged to think again over revised HS2 route through Doncaster. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.southyorkshiretimes.co.uk/news/government-urged-to-think-again-over-revised-hs2-route-through-doncaster-1-8198798 [Accessed 9 November 2016]