Mr Jack Steel
1 Merehaven Close
C&CR FOI Investigation Team
Telephone: 0300 123 5500
Date: 16 December 2022
Our Reference: 18211030
Dear Mr Steel
Information Request – 18211030 – HS2B – Arrangements for monitoring/enforcing detailed
I am responding to your request for information, which has been considered under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FoIA) and logged as case 18211030.
Your request is as follows:
In that context, the Parish Council requests your confirmation of the funding that you have applied for
from HS2, or any funding that has been agreed, to underpin the monitoring and enforcement of the
relevant HS2 Act requirements. The Parish Council is obviously concerned to be assured that your
Council will have sufficient resource to carry out these functions efficiently and effectively.
I can confirm Cheshire East Council holds the information you have requested.
Of the HS2 Scheme directly impacting Cheshire East only Phase 2a has received Royal Assent and
become an Act of Parliament. The Council is able to recharge to HS2 for the officer time and resources
required to undertake it’s roles as Local Planning Authority, Local Highway Authority and as a Qualifying
Authority under the Act. This extends to any consultancy costs required to supplement existing resources
in order to undertake this role effectively.
Between February 2021, when the Phase 2a Hybrid Bill received Royal Assent, and January 2022, the
costs to the Council of undertaking its role amounted to £7,860.85 (excluding VAT) which the Council is
seeking approval from HS2 for reimbursement. Costs from February 2022 to date are currently being
I hope this information is useful. Please quote the reference number 18211030 in any future
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available online at the following address: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/foi
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Information Rights Team Leader
Cheshire East Council