Long Stratton Bypass

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 long-awaited bypass of Long Stratton on the eastern side of the town, which will cut congestion and support the local economy.

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 in the area.

Crucial site investigation works were carried out at the end of Summer 2020 and at the October meeting of the council’s cabinet, approval was given for the formation of a new steering group to oversee delivery of the project.

An outline business case submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) to bid for Major Road Network funding to help facilitate delivery of the project was approved by government in July 2021.

The outline business case estimates the current overall cost of delivering Long Stratton Bypass at £37.44m. The project would be mainly externally funded with 70% from the DfT’s Major Road Network Fund and 30% from local contributions made up primarily of developer contributions and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) contributions.

The full detail of the outline business case can be viewed on the link below.

Revised planning applications from the developers have now been submitted to South Norfolk District Council. Once validated, all plans will be made publicly available via the council’s planning portal as part of a 12 week statutory planning consultation.

The target date for work to start on construction is mid-2023, with the road open to traffic before the end of 2024 subject to planning approval, procurement and completion of other necessary statutory approval processes.

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