Ministers aim to relax rail development restrictions
Planning restrictions around the High Speed rail link between London and Kent are set to be relaxed, the government has announced.
HS1 has been protected by “safeguarding” regulations limiting development alongside or close to it. They were primarily intended to ensure access to the link while it was being built.
Ministers say there is now no need to retain them. A four-week long public consultation gets under way next week.
The Department of Transport says it will lift restrictions from more than half of the existing land – equivalent to 14sq km – next to HS1. It also wants to reduce the safeguarding boundary next to the route from 60 metres to 30 metres.
Rail minister Paul Maynard said: “These proposed changes will have no effect on the highspeed service.”
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