WHAT A RELIEF
Permission granted for congestion cutting plan
PLANS to build a long-awaited relief road in Beaconsfield have been given the green light, say Bucks County Council (BCC).
The Development Control Committee met last week (Monday, July 31) to discuss the fate of the road, which residents say is needed to cut congestion in the town.
At the crunch meeting in Aylesbury, officers sought support for proposals submitted in November last year to build a road between the A355/Maxwell Road.
Councillors have now given the green light to the proposals “in principle”, and it is hoped the new stretch of A355 relief road will ease traffic problems at the London End roundabout.
The plans will now be sent to Secretary of State Michael Gove for approval because the route cuts across green belt land.
A half mile - 900 metre - northern section from a new Maxwell Road roundabout will link with a southern section that has been built by Inland Homes from Pyebush Roundabout on the A40 to Minerva Way, as part of their local infrastructure contribution.
The relief road improvement project is a BCC partnership scheme funded by a £6.05 million grant from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Part- nership. The preliminary design and planning application followed a large-scale consultation, which included a public exhibition and workshop, to involve local people and organisations in shaping the plans.
Mark Shaw, BCC deputy leader and cabinet member for transport, said: “I’m delighted we’ve reached this important milestone on our journey to reduce traffic congestion and improve life for residents and businesses.”
The county council has appointed Balfour Beatty to do the detailed design work and a construction contractor is expected to be commissioned in the autumn.
It is hoped building work will start early next year with the road due to be completed in March 2019.