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Hardwick Hall managers concerned over HS2 'impact'

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Managers at a 400-year-old estate in Derbyshire have raised concerns about the proposed route of the High Speed Rail link (HS2).

Hardwick Hall estate, near Chesterfield, which is now owned by the National Trust, was the home of Bess of Hardwick in the 1500s.

HS2 is expected to follow the route of the M1, which goes through the estate.

The National Trust said it was meeting with HS2 officials to discuss its visual impact in the next few weeks.

'High on hill'

Denise Edwards, general manager of the Hardwick Estate, said: "It's about preserving the setting of Hardwick.

"It was built high on a hill to see and be seen, so if HS2 is coming through here, we'll be working very closely with them and with my team at central office to look at how we can best mitigate any impact on our setting."

HS2 Ltd Leeds, Manchester director Ian Jordan said: "A full public consultation on the phase two route will take place later this year before any decision is taken on where the line will finally run.

"My team has met with the National Trust to talk through our proposals for this part of the route and we will be visiting Hardwick Hall soon with the trust to discuss further."

The proposed HS2 route passes through the East Midlands with a stop at Toton, near Nottingham.

It is intended to link London to Birmingham by 2026, with branches to Manchester and Leeds, via Sheffield, planned by 2032.

Last week the government said the estimated cost of building HS2 had risen to £42.6bn.

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