Decision details

HS2 Phase 2a Qualifying Authority Process

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


A decision is required that the County Council resolves to become a Qualifying Authority for Phase 2a of HS2. All local authorities affected by HS2 have a statutory responsibility to approve certain detailed planning matters following enactment. Becoming a qualifying authority entitles the Council to a wider range of controls in approving these matters.


“From the outset as a county council we have pledged to get the best deal for Staffordshire and our communities and have ensured that the county’s voice is heard by both Government and HS2 Limited at every stage.


“While becoming a qualifying authority will still only provide us limited control on planning, we feel strongly that we need to be at the very least “at the table” to ensure we can continue to seize every opportunity to lessen the impact of construction and operation of the high speed project on Staffordshire.”


Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth


Reasons for the Decision – To consider whether the County Council should become a Qualifying Authority for the construction of Phase 2a of the HS2 Hybrid Bill.


Decision – That the County Council becomes a Qualifying Authority for the construction of Phase 2a of the HS2 Hybrid Bill.


Report author: Sarah Mallen

Publication date: 18/07/2019

Date of decision: 17/07/2019

Decided at meeting: 17/07/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/07/2019

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