Judge rules in favour of HS2 ecological mitigation site

The High Court has dismissed a council's legal challenge against the transport and housing secretaries' decision to overturn its refusal of permission for one of HS2's proposed ecological mitigation sites.

Earlier this year, the then transport secretary Chris Grayling and former communities secretary James Brokenshire allowed an appeal from HS2 Ltd against the London Borough of Hillingdon's decision to refuse permission for a 0.85-hectare ecological mitigation site in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

The proposed Colne Valley viaduct and wetland creation scheme would comprise a pond, a reptile bank, two great crested newt habitats for hibernation, hedgerows and wet grassland.

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