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Long Stratton Bypass

Norfolk County Council is currently working in collaboration with South Norfolk District Council, Norfolk Homes Ltd and Norfolk Land Ltd to  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 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.

Octavius Infrastructure are the appointed contractor delivering the bypass on behalf of Norfolk County Council. Should anyone locally have any queries or concerns they can be reached on the following details; email: or call 01737 944 831.

The project is expected to be complete by late 2025.


Delivery of a bypass is linked to the aims and objectives stated within the 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 full detail of the outline business case can be viewed on the link below.

The outline business case estimated the current overall cost of delivering Long Stratton Bypass at £37.44m. In March 2022, planning permission was halted following the issue of new guidance from Natural England to local planning authorities concerning nutrient neutrality. The guidance requires planning authorities to seek additional mitigation proposals in all planning applications in respect of nutrient neutrality to avoid impacts to special areas of conservation (SAC).

The latest cost estimate has increased to £46.9m due to unforeseen delays in the planning process, ongoing national and worldwide impacts linked to inflation, such as the pandemic and more recently the war in Ukraine.

The project is being 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, which includes £14.5m made available through the Greater Norwich Growth Board.

Archaeological investigations were completed in early 2023 and updated documentation to the previously submitted planning applications from the developers received full planning permission from South Norfolk Council in September 2023.

In November 2023 Norfolk County Council's cabinet approved recommendations to submit the final Full Business Case to Government and award the contract for construction on completion of the procurement process to enable the new road to be constructed as soon as possible.

The Side Roads Order was confirmed by the Secretary of State in December 2023 and the roads were closed from 22 April 2024 to allow construction to begin at the earliest opportunity. For further details on the closures  view the Long Stratton Bypass works public information notice (PDF) [151KB].

The Final Full Business Case was approved by Government in May 2023.

Latest Long Stratton Bypass news

Senior council leaders and delivery partners visited the site at Long Stratton last week to view progress on construction of the new road first-hand.
Main construction work on the new bypass for Long Stratton is set to begin from next week (Tuesday 28 May).
Delivery of a new bypass for Long Stratton moved another step closer to becoming a reality this week following confirmation from government of the legal orders needed to construct the new road.
Long Stratton's planned bypass is set to move forward next month when councillors agree crucial next steps.
See more (Go to Latest Long Stratton Bypass news)

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