Planning verdict delayed on five major transport schemes

Aaron Morby 2 years ago

The Department of Transport has pushed back development consent order decisions on five major schemes by around three months.

A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme involves a tunnel next to Stonehenge
A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme involves a tunnel next to Stonehenge

The projects together are worth up to £3bn with the Stonehenge tunnel scheme the biggest of the delayed batch.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the delay was needed to allow for further work to be carried out before they are determined.

Transport scheme DCO decision delays

  • Lake Lothing 3rd Crossing Lowestoft: New multi-span single highway opening bascule bridge over Lake Lothing in Lowestoft. Current deadline for a decision was 5 December 2019, now extended to 5 May 2020
  • West Midlands Strategic Rail Freight InterchangeProposed development by Four Ashes of a new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange and other supporting infrastructure works near Junction 12 of the M6 motorway in South Staffordshire District. Current deadline for a decision was 27 February 2020, now extended to 5 May 2020
  • A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling: Dual carriageway on the A303 linking the Podimore Bypass and the Sparkford Bypass. Deadline for a decision was 12 December 2019, now extended to 17 July 2020
  • A63 Castle Street Improvement – Hull: Improvement to 1.5km of the A63 and connecting side roads in Hull between Ropery Street and the Market Place/Queen Street junction. Current deadline for a decision was 24 March 2020, now extended to 31 May 2020.
  • A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down: New two-lane dual carriageway for the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down in Wiltshire. Deadline for a decision was 2 April 2020, now extended to 17 July 2020.

Shapps said the Department will endeavour to issue decisions ahead of the deadlines above wherever possible.

The move to set new deadlines is without prejudice to the decisions on whether to give development consent for the above applications.

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