Min­is­ters aim to re­lax rail de­vel­op­ment re­stric­tions

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

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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