Per­mis­sion granted for con­ges­tion cutting plan

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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.

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