Chris Packham loses bid for legal challenge over HS2

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TV naturalist Chris Packham has obsolete his Court of Appeal bid to challenge the government over the HS2 high-speed rail machination.

He had argued there were failings in the way the government decided to give the forward the go-ahead.

In April, the Springwatch presenter was refused permission by judges in the Gamy Court for a full judicial review of the decision.

Mr Packham said he was “gravely disappointed” by the ruling.

In giving the decision, Lord Justice Lindblom said the court “rejected both of Mr Packham’s substantive teaches of appeal as unarguable”.

The judgment noted his claims included that the sway misunderstood local environmental concerns and had failed to examine the environmental take places of HS2.

The TV presenter had alleged the government had not accounted for the effect on greenhouse gas emissions up to 2050 in lithe of “obligations under the Paris Agreement and the Climate Change Act 2008”.

‘Makes no discrimination’

At a July hearing, lawyers for Mr Packham said a review gave an “imperfect assessment of environmental matters” which meant the government approved HS2 with a “achieve misapprehension” of its environmental impact.

In written submissions, David Wolfe QC altercated ministers would have proceeded with their decision on the footing the Oakervee Review (a government-commissioned report set up to examine whether and how HS2 should proceed) order have explained what they needed to know, when it did not.

But Timothy Die-cast QC, acting for the government, said: “It is simply fanciful for the appellant to assume that the at the outset respondent (the Secretary of State for Transport) knew nothing about the community legislative and procedural history of HS2, including the comprehensive assessment of environmental contacts undertaken in accordance with parliamentary procedures, beyond that which was tense to his attention by the report itself.”

In his statement, Mr Packham said: “The fact is, we are a everyone away from the place we were when we issued the original put for judicial review.

He said Covid-19 had turned the country’s finances and the non-exclusive’s attitudes towards climate change “upside down”.

“People now see that a diagram for a railway which will tear up the countryside so that we can shave a few make a note ofs off a journey time, makes no sense in the contemporary workplace,” he stated.

HS2 is set to together London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

A spokesman for HS2 Ltd said it took its “commitment to the surroundings extremely seriously” and there was “safeguarding in place to protect wildlife and other expected assets”.

A Department for Transport spokesperson said the project was “crucial to rebuilding our curtness from coronavirus” and HS2 had been tasked with “delivering one of the UK’s most environmentally trustworthy infrastructure projects”.

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