A long-awaited bypass for a Norfolk village could be on its way after an approach to South Norfolk Council about conducting an environmental study on a potential site.

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Planning consultants Pegasus Group are seeking information about a single-carriageway bypass and 1,800 residential and commercial properties east of Long Stratton.

It appears to be a concrete move towards a bypass to relieve traffic congestion on the busy A140 Ipswich Road through the village, an idea first mooted nearly 80 years ago.

Since then, a Long Stratton bypass committee, campaigning for an alternative route, has come and gone and there have been numerous false dawns, including in 2008 when plans were drawn up and planning permission secured for a bypass only for the East of England Regional Assembly to pull funding because the project was deemed not of regional significance.

Signs can still be seen dotted around the village calling for a bypass to take traffic away from the main Norwich/Ipswich road.

The Pegasus letter, which appears on the council’s planning applications website, was welcomed by the county councillor for Long Stratton, Alison Thomas, once a member of the bypass committee – though she admits after so many false starts she will only believe it once she sees building work start on the new road.

She said: “I’m aware there is work going on behind the scenes and I welcome the beginning of something.

“Obviously there is an awful lot of work that needs to be done between now and a planning application and the residents of Long Stratton need to be involved in the consultations.

“I want to make sure anything that is done enhances the community. It is a really exciting opportunity for the community to get involved and have a say in the village’s future.”

South Norfolk district councillor Terry Blowfield, who represents Long Stratton, said: “I hear a lot of doubters in Long Stratton who say ‘I will never see it in my lifetime.’ But it seems like it is going to come to fruition.”

John Holden, a Pegasus director, said the letter was the “very start of the process” and much work would be needed before a planning application could even be considered.

The scoping letter was required by law to mitigate potential environmental impact and asked the council for its opinion on what the environmental statement should be.

The council will consult with statutory bodies, including the Environment Agency, Natural England and English Heritage, to determine what is needed before reporting back to Pegasus in a month.

Mr Holden said the proposed site was east of the A140 on land owned by the Leeder family but any more detail, including where the bypass would start and finish and the overall cost of the scheme was yet to be determined.

He said Pegasus had been appointed in accordance with the provisions of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership’s joint core strategy to build 37,000 new homes across Norfolk.

“We really want to get this delivered, but we have to do it through the proper procedures just like everybody else and and we want to get it done as quickly as possible,” Mr Holden added.

12 comments

  • Big artilce in the paper today for a story of precious little substance. Are we trying to rebuild Thomas's public profile after she looked like a joke in the wake of the Ofsted report just days ago? No more easy to swallow than an Ikea meatball.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Terry, I guess it depends how recently you were born! It may be another eighty years ...... I'm not holding my breath. (Terry Blowfield, who represents Long Stratton, said: “I hear a lot of doubters in Long Stratton who say ‘I will never see it in my lifetime.’ But it seems like it is going to come to fruition.”)

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    F G HOB

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • This is only ever going to happen on the back of the "1,800 residential and commercial properties east of Long Stratton" that someone hopes to build. In other words, it comes with major strings attached for the people of Long Stratton. To get their bypass, they have to accept that their village is going to be transformed by a series of developments that will be very lucrative for landowners, developers and the Council. What do local people feel about this? Is there a credible plan for dealing with the NEW strains that will be placed on their village?

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    gilded beams

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • We have heard it all before, so please shut up until there's something more significant happening.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • The Northern Distributor which is not needed gets support and very quickly. Long Stratton Bypass which is needed gets put on the small hob time and time again. Surely it has been on the go long enough now to be a given that it will be built soon.

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    George Ezekial

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • I guess we have the elections soon!

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    Marigold

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Cllr. Thomas, after her inadequacy, her failure to monitor and change the situation at children services now needs a positive news message, sadly her coalition MP, Richard Bacon does not do Lib Dem's, or coalition politics, locally. He's busy justifying going to war in Mali.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • I thought a dual carriageway bypass was proposed. Apparently not. Building any road is a long way off. The funding for the bypass will be a levy on the 1800 houses linked to the proposal. With up to two cars per household that will mean a lot more traffic on the road. It will make it even slower to get from Norwich to Long Stratton.

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    Capri

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Methinks I see a flying pig!

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    julygirl

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • The anti-recycling lobby has no argument to warrant building an incinerator. While dioxins will be allowed to discharge 24 hours a day does not give inspire confidence. Supporters of the incinerator have not given a reasonable answer to why it should be built except cost. When all incinerators will have to be monitored 24 hours a day for air quality will elevate the cost to the tax payer. They will have to close down or invent an incinerator system that does not harm our elderly, infirm and babies. Our councillors are guilty for allowing planning permission. Without 100% proof breathing dioxins is good for your health they should have not picked Saddlebow, close proximity to Kings Lynn densely populated area. Down to wrong location arrogance and inexperience.

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    Emma Miller

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • This has been going on for decades and I was told by a County Councillor that it will never ever ever be built. But I suppose Ms Thomas needs something to detract from her part in the terrible Ofsted report on children's services. Mind you if this Pegasus bunch are planing on building thousands of nasty little boxes (oh sorry, modern homes) they might be willing to tack a bypass on the end. Mind you that will mean that there will be about three thousand extra cars milling around the Long Stratton area so a bypass will just swallow them up and they will be back to square one. I agree with John Norton - shut up about it until something actually happens. The public aren't as naive as they were ten years ago Ms Thomas a fact which seems to have escaped you and your Tory chums at County Hall.

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    Electra

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Bad show. Where's the soundbite from the local MP creating a spurious connection for themselves to this potential good news announcement? AT should be pleased if it means her staff can more rapidly access any vulnerable children south of this bottle-neck.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 25, 2013

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