Re­lief road fate set to be de­cided at crunch meet­ing

Coun­cil of­fi­cers want sup­port in bid to ease con­ges­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

THE fate of a re­lief road in Bea­cons­field is set to be de­cided next week as coun­cil­lors meet to dis­cuss plans over its fu­ture.

Of­fi­cers are seek­ing sup­port for pro­pos­als to build a road be­tween the A355/ Maxwell Road and Wilton Park on land to the east of the town.

The de­vel­op­ment con­trol com­mit­tee at Bucks County Coun­cil is set to dis­cuss the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion at a meet­ing in Ayles­bury on Mon­day.

The pro­pos­als were sub­mit­ted in Novem­ber last year in a bid to ease traf­fic prob­lems and cut con­ges­tion in the town.

They are de­signed to di­vert traf­fic away from the A355 and the Lon­don Road round­about, which suf­fer long de­lays and traf­fic jams be­cause of a num­ber of bot­tle­necks along the road.

It is also hoped the plans will “meet the de­mands of fu­ture growth in the sur­round­ing area”.

If agreed, com­mit­tee mem­bers will for­ward the plans to the Sec­re­tary of State and del­e­gate author­ity to ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion to the head of de­vel­op­ment con­trol.

The road would be ap­prox­i­mately 1km in length and would tie into the ex­ist­ing A355 at the north­ern end via a new three-arm round­about.

Ac­cess to Maxwell Road and Hyde Green would be from a pri­or­ity con­trolled T-junc­tion to the south of the new round­about.

At the south­ern end it would con­nect with a per­mit­ted new round­about and net­work of new roads, which are planned to serve a pro­posed mixe­duse de­vel­op­ment at Wilton Park, pro­vid­ing a link through to the Pye­bush round­about and south to the M40.

The agenda pa­pers say the sin­gle car­rriage­way road “would vary be­tween 1.5m be­low ex­ist­ing ground level at the south­ern end, to ap­prox­i­mately 1.5m above ex­ist­ing ground level in the north”.

The de­vel­op­ment also in­cludes a 3m wide shared cy­cle­way/pedes­trian path on the western side of the new road and a cross­ing for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists where the new road meets the ex­ist­ing pub­lic right of way.

If plan­ning per­mis­sion is granted, con­struc­tion is due to com­mence in 2018 with an ap­prox­i­mate eight month con­struc­tion pe­riod. The new road is pro­posed to be open in 2019.

Wilton Park

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