Brandon relief road developments are revealed

11:50 16 October 2014

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Horrendous traffic jams at road works on the London Road, Brandon.

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Brandon’s proposed relief road could be another step closer after the scheme’s backers submitted a report outlining its plans.

Brandon Strategic Land Development has submitted a scoping report to Breckland Council outlining the 118 hectare site where it is proposing to build up to 1,500 homes, a relief road and associated infrastructure.

The report has been entered in anticipation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report being produced.

According to the report, the site is split into three parcels of land, one to the north near Weeting, one to the south which lies to the west of Brandon, and another which will connect the two after crossing the Greater Anglia train line.

It states that a hybrid planning application will be entered to both Forest Heath District Council and Breckland.

A number of traffic surveys were carried out in September, according to the report, with data collected on the A1065.

Details of how environmental surveys will be carried out are also included.

A vision for the comprehensive overhaul of Brandon was released last November in view of plans for the road, with provision for new schools, leisure facilities, a golf course and 2,250 new homes.

Previous estimates had placed the cost of the relief road scheme at around £20m.

But with no Government funding forthcoming, the private consortium behind the project have been forced to pay for it by building it in conjunction with housing.

Tony Simmons, Forest Heath councillor for Brandon West, said the plans were “ambitious”.

“It’s very much theory at the moment and it’s going to cost an awful lot of money. I’m not sure there is enough around at the moment,” he said.

Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, has previously said he would like to “wait and see” what impact a fully dualled A11 would have on Brandon before any decision on the relief road was made.

Mr Simmons said he agreed with that stance, and that the dualling work had already had an effect.

“The A11 comingon stream will make a difference to Brandon’s traffic. HGVs will take that road and they are using it already. That should take a lot of pressure off Brandon,” he said.

Forest Heath District Council have also incorporated the plans into their new Core Strategy, which is currently developing with St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

A spokesman for Forest Heath District Council said it was unable to comment on the plans.

No one from Brandon Strategic Land Development was available for comment.

What do you think of the plans? Let us know by emailing reporter Andrew Fitchett on andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk

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