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Fresh bid to prevent prestigious park being cut in two

Wellesbourne Airfield
Wellesbourne Airfield

But he said the current plan for an open, retained cutting that effectively split it in two did not fully preserve the site’s utility, despite it being deemed acceptable by the current owners and management.

Mr Wright said the cutting should be replaced by a cut-and-cover tunnel.

He added: “A cut-and-cover tunnel will allow the full site to continue to be used without the severance that there is at the moment.”

Mr Wright also said there was no digestible information on what the noise coming from the line will actually be like and said further mitigation to counter it might be required in areas where the line goes close to homes.

Timothy Mould QC, the government's legal advisor on HS2, confirmed an agreement had been reached with the owners and occupiers of Stoneleigh Park.

Warwickshire County Council has issued two petitions calling for amendments to HS2 as part of its efforts to 'seek better outcomes and lessen the impact on residents'.

They included various highways issues, ecology matters and potential flood risk, as well as conditions on construction traffic near Stoneleigh and the provision of a cycleway linking Ladbroke and Southam.

The line that will initially run between London and Birmingham runs through Stratford district at its far north-eastern tip.

Also among yesterday’s delegation was Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, The Heart of England High Speed Railway Action Group and Warwick University.

The hearing can be watched in full at parliamentlive.tv

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