Category Archives: High Speed 2

HS2 Meetings Weds & Thurs

A reminder that HS2 are holding an exhibition at the Appleby Hotel (access from A444 opposite garage and McDonalds entrance) today from 12pm to 8pm.  Your chance to ask questions of HS2 staff.  The new group Mapa HS2 Action will be outside – come and say hello.

On Thursday at 7pm in the School hall there is an open meeting with local politicians invited.  Come and let them know your views.

HS2 Latest

Thanks to all who made it to the meeting in Measham earlier this week.  It was a very large meeting which agreed unanimously to set up a group to oppose the new route and coordinate responses to the HS2.  The Parish Councils from Austrey, Appleby, Measham and Packington were represented.  There will be another meeting on 4th January 7pm in Measham Leisure centre.  Appleby Magna Parish Council are holding a public meeting on HS2 at the Sir John Moore Foundation on 19th January and HS2 are holding an information event on 18th January.  Full details on our HS2 page.

Publicising our Public Meeting – volunteers needed

We have issued a press release for our meeting on 13th December.  You can download it here.  Please let us know if you have any media contacts.  Also consider writing letters to the local papers.  We are hoping to do door to door  leafleting to publicise the meeting and to put up some posters.  We need some volunteers to help with this.  Please let Sonia ( know as soon as possible if you can spare an hour or two over the next 10 days.

Public Meeting to discuss HS2 – 13th December

There will be a public meeting at St Laurence Church Hall in Measham to discuss the HS2 re-route consultation. The date is Tuesday 13th December and it will start at 7.30 p.m.

We hope to involve people from all the communities affected by the change:  Austrey, Appleby Parva, Appleby Magna, Measham and Packington.

Further details as we have them but put the date in your diary now!

HS2 Action Group being formed

An action group is being formed for all those affected by the changed HS2 route around Measham.  This includes the re-routing to the Snarestone side of Appleby.  The group has Facebook page  This has links to HS2 information including the very limited compensation schemes.  Their twitter feed is #MeashamHS2Action.  Let them or us know if you are able to provide any form of support or expertise.

HS2 coming even closer …

You may have heard HS2 and Measham mentioned in the news today … This changed route has a major impact on Appleby.  It takes HS2 from the A444 behind the School and Snarestone Rd close to Jubilee Farm.  This is much closer to the village than the previous route and sandwiches our community between the railway and the motorway. The official map is at but there is no information about who to contact about it. We are updating our HS2 page with as much information as we have.

All Change for Appleby Update

We had a great turnout at our exhibition on 12 July where people shared  what they knew about likely developments in the village, and their concerns.  If you missed it you can see a report and our display boards here (pdf)

The consultation on the HS2 route is now open and can be  found at   You can learn more about the case against HS2 from the Stop HS2 website  at

But of most immediate concern is the prospect of large scale  housing developments.  We will keep you informed of proposals and what you  can do about it on this site.

All Change for Appleby


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In the 1990s:

  • Developers threatened all the countryside around  the motorway junction and to reduce the open countryside between Measham and  Appleby with plans for shops and warehouses – these were largely defeated with  massive support from Appleby residents.

In the 2000s:

  • Limited change to the village – mostly  sympathetically designed and sited.  The  Village Design Statement, created by village residents in 1999, helped to  ensure this.

What will the next 10 – 15 years bring?

  • A developer wants to build between 150 and 175  houses all on land outside the village boundary.  Appleby currently has less than 500  houses.  Half of these proposed houses  would be behind the Church Hall, next to historic buildings and the  Conservation Area, the others on Measham Road.   All bringing more traffic to village roads and pressure on services.
  • HS2 rail link is planned to come the Appleby  side of the motorway, through the hotel, the top of Rectory Lane and passing  very close to the Old Rectory.
  • Local and National planning policy (used to judge  new applications) is changing.  It  generally favours more development.  Our  Village Design Statement will only continue to be effective if it is updated  and reflects current residents’ views.

Appleby is an attractive rural village with clear boundaries and a balance of different types of housing.   Let’s keep it that way!