Multi-million pound infrastructure plans could see Cullompton relief road come to fruition
Posted on: 15 May 2018
Housing Infrastructure Fund:
Update on significant investment to improve Mid Devon’s road network
Following the news in February that Mid Devon District Council was successful with two infrastructure improvement bids, worth £18.2 million, the Council has announced proposals to amend how the Cullompton money could be spent.
The money, which is designed to unlock the growth potential of the towns, is split between two projects with £8.2million proposed for Tiverton’s Eastern Urban Extension and £10 million proposed to deliver improvement works to the road network in Cullompton.
The planned improvements under this fund for Cullompton were previously short term measures at Junction 28 of the M5 motorway. Following further assessment and in conjunction with Devon County Council and Highways England, the nature of the proposed work is being reconsidered as a more ambitious scheme which will give longer term benefits that also represents improved value for money.
The Council is now proposing that a relief road for Cullompton will form the focus of its ongoing discussions with Homes England, through the Housing Infrastructure Fund, rather than the earlier scheme at the motorway junction. A relief road will improve traffic flows, reduce queuing through the town centre and release motorway junction capacity while also improving air quality. A relief road will also provide an opportunity to enhance the attractiveness of the town centre.
Councillor Richard Chesterton, Cabinet Member for Planning, Economy and Regeneration said: “This is good news for those living, working and visiting Cullompton. The construction of a relief road for the town has long been an aspiration and once provided will deliver a range of benefits. The Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund provides an opportunity to realise these benefits through providing infrastructure ahead of growth.”
The revised proposal for highway improvement works at Cullompton will be considered at a meeting of Mid Devon District Council’s Cabinet on 23rd May 2018. The precise alignment of a relief road is yet to be determined. Public consultation will take place before any planning application is submitted.
The £8.2 million of funding for Tiverton formed a separate bid to the same fund. It will implement the second phase of the new A361 junction to serve the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension. Contractors for Devon County Council are currently on site implementing the southern side slip roads as part of phase one of the scheme, which is currently running to time and to budget. Phase two of the junction will complete the full junction with the provision of an overbridge and north side slip roads.
The Council’s applications to the Government for funding are through the Housing Infrastructure Fund. The Council learned it was successful in principle with both its bids in February, subject to further stages of evaluation by Homes England prior to a final decision in summer / autumn 2018.Posted in: Planning