July 29 2014 Latest news:
Friday, June 6, 2014
Plans for a new multi-million pound link road between Gorleston and Bradwell have been given the green light by county councillors.
The proposed 1.8km long thoroughfare joining the A143 and A12 was discussed by Norfolk County Council’s planning regulatory committee today. The committee - which was led by new committee chairman David Collis - carried the recommendation to grant planning permission for the project subject to conditions.
Once built, the single-carriageway road will run from the A143 Beccles Road, in Bradwell, to a proposed roundabout to be constructed to serve retail development at Beaufort Way, in Gorleston, and to link with the A12. It will serve an area where more than 800 new homes are planned as well as a new Sainsbury’s supermarket at Beacon Park.
Mike Sands said: “I think this road is very, very timely.”
He added: “The volume of traffic along the back roads is amazingly high so this formalised access road is going to improve things substantially.”
Brian Watkins said: “I can see the overriding benefit of the scheme going ahead...this has been in the pipeline for the last 15 years.”
He said there were going to be major benefits in terms of infrastructure and removing traffic congestion, but he said he shared some of the other councillors’ concerns about loss of agricultural land and the impact on the landscape.
Stephen Askew said: “It is regrettable that we are going to lose some farm land but at the end of the day you aren’t going to make an omelette without cracking a few eggs.”
But Michael Baker said: “I cannot believe it’s necessary to take all this farm and food production land out of use forever.”
The issues of pedestrian and cycle routes along the route, planting new trees in place of those being removed, and whether there should be a bus lay-by were also discussed.
The committee heard it was likely the road build could start in July and be finished by the end of 2015. It is expected to cost about £6.5m, with the government funding £4.7m and the remainder of the bill being footed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Persimmon Homes.