Following detailed consultation a planning application has been submitted to build the northern section of Beaconsfield’s new A355 relief road.
The plans will be considered in the New Year (2017) by Buckinghamshire County Council’s Development Control Committee.
Presented at a public exhibition in April 2016 the half-mile (900m) northern section is one of Buckinghamshire County Council’s high priority transport schemes to relieve congestion at London End roundabout.
The proposed new relief road will run from a new roundabout at Maxwell Road to tie in with the southern section being built by developer Inland Homes from Pyebush Roundabout on the A40 to Minerva Way.
Once planning permission is granted the County Council will commission detailed plans with a view to a start on construction in early 2018, with completion in March 2019.
The £6.05 million road will help improve north-south road connectivity in Buckinghamshire helping to support local economic growth.
It is being paid for with funding secured by the County Council in collaboration with Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) from the first round of bids for the Government Local Growth Fund in March 2014.
Since then a business case, preliminary designs, and a planning application have been drawn up. Rigorous consultation, including a stakeholder workshop and a public exhibition, was carried out with Beaconsfield community groups, parish and district councillors, residents and businesses.
Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transport said: ‘Relief from traffic congestion has been a plea from the Beaconsfield community for a long time, and I’m pleased we’ve had input from a wide range of people with good local knowledge to help us provide the best solution for the money available.‘
Ralph Bagge, Leader of South Bucks District Council, said: ‘I welcome the news of this important milestone in the delivery of the Beaconsfield relief road.
We know that its construction is critical for the removal of spoil from HS2 constructions sites to the north of Beaconsfield and it will provide a key link between the north of Beaconsfield and the M40 via Pyebush roundabout.
I’m sure residents will be very reassured that the project is on track.‘
The full planning application can be viewed at http://publicaccess.buckscc.gov.uk/online-applications/. Reference no. CC/65/16.