Euston plans are out: what next?

The Government announced its revised plans for Euston on Tuesday – plans we’ve warned do not address the blight the area is set to face and fail to commit to the redevelopment of the entire station that would deliver new homes, jobs, transport connections, open space and access as envisaged under the Euston Area Plan.

Significant changes to plans for Euston Station include the construction of the High Speed 2 (HS2) tracks in two phases, lasting up until 2033, changes to the station’s ‘throat’ requiring additional land for ground anchors at Park Village East, the formal removal of the HS1-HS2 link and use of London Zoo car park for a lorry holding area.

The full details of all changes at Euston will be issued next week.

What next?

  • On Tuesday, 15 September 2015 MPs will debate the plans in the House of Commons. The Government have published an Explanatory Note ahead of this debate that summarises the changes to land requirements. You can read this on their website.
  • On Thursday, 17 September 2015 we expect the Additional Provision (AP3), providing full details of plans at Euston and its accompanying Environmental Statement, detailing the impact of plans on the area, to be issued.

The Additional Provision to the Bill will, subject to Parliamentary approval, trigger a petitioning process that we expect will open on Friday, 25 September and close on Friday, 23 October 2015.

If you are directly and specially affected by these changes, you can formally petition. Petitioning in this sense is the legal process by which you can object to a Bill in Parliament. It doesn’t matter if you submitted a petition on the HS2 Bill in 2014 or not – if you are affected by the changes, this is a fresh chance to have your say.

If you are petitioning for the first time you will have to pay a £20 fee to submit your petition. However, Parliament have agreed to waive the fee if you petitioned on the HS2 Bill in 2014.

We expect an accompanying supplementary Environmental Statement setting out the impacts of changes to the scheme to be published on Thursday, 17 September, subject to the approval of Parliament. You will be able to have your say on this - we expect consultation to commence on Friday, 25 September and to close on Friday, 6 November 2015.

Camden Council will be petitioning and responding to the Environmental Statement and will share drafts of our petition and response on our website for your information and assistance.

Supporting you in petitioning

Camden Council is not able to help write the content of an individual’s or group's petition. However, we will be able to support you in other ways.

We’ll be organising petitioning workshops that will give you practical support on completing your petition. We’re also intending to hold drop-in sessions where you will be able to speak one-to-one with a council officer and view maps.

The dates of these sessions will be published on our website shortly and we will advise of these as soon as they are available.

HS2 Ltd. are holding information sessions on the latest Euston plans. These will be held at the Bengali Workers Association, 1 Robert St, London NW1 3JU on Saturday 19 September (11am-5pm) and Tuesday 22 September (2pm-8pm).