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Council begin site investigation works for proposed bypass

31 July 2020

On Monday 3 August Norfolk County Council will begin site investigations to advance proposals to deliver a bypass of Long Stratton on the A140.

Norfolk County Council is currently working in collaboration with South Norfolk District Council, Norfolk Homes Ltd and Norfolk Land Ltd to develop proposals to deliver a bypass of Long Stratton on the eastern side of the town.

The proposed new A140 bypass will be a single carriageway road that will provide a new junction at Church Lane to the north, extending from this junction on the east side of Long Stratton in a southerly direction for approximately 3.9km, where it will re-join the existing A140 just south of Oakside farm.

Delivery of a bypass is linked to the aims and objectives stated within the already adopted Joint Core Strategy (JCS) and the Long Stratton Area Action Plan (LSAAP).  It is also a priority infrastructure project for Norfolk County Council and is considered key to supporting the delivery of much needed housing and employment growth within the area.

Proposals are currently being developed for the submission of revised planning applications to South Norfolk District Council, as well as submission of an Outline Business Case to the Department for Transport to bid for Major Road Network funding to help facilitate delivery of the project.

Councillor Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for Highways and Infrastructure said: “I am delighted that work is progressing on this much needed and long anticipated new road. There is a long way to go but there is strong support for the road both politically and from the local community and the proposed bypass has the potential to deliver planned growth whilst also removing congestion from the town.”

In order to enable this work to progress council contractors will begin site investigation works in the Long Stratton area from Monday 3 August 2020, along the route of the proposed bypass. 
These works will mainly take place in fields to the east of the A140 and will comprise of archaeological digs, surveys of existing drainage, underground services, soil sampling and testing. 

Norfolk County Council has arranged for this work to be undertaken now, as it is crucial in informing both the design of the proposed bypass and ensuring that critical milestones are achievable, should planning consent be granted.

Works will be ongoing until mid-September, subject to weather conditions and progress on site, and are being planned collaboratively with the landowner to follow the harvesting programme. 

The majority of the works will have minimal impact to the surrounding road network, but there may be some occasions where minor delays are experienced and the council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

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