PLANNING ACT 2008 HIGHWAYS ENGLAND A303 AMESBURY TO BERWICK DOWN - APPLICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT CONSENT PLANNING INSPECTORATE REFERENCE: TR010025 NOTICE PUBLICISING CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDERNotice ID: BOU1270271
PLANNING ACT 2008 HIGHWAYS ENGLAND
A303 AMESBURY TO BERWICK DOWN - APPLICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT CONSENT PLANNING INSPECTORATE REFERENCE: TR010025 NOTICE PUBLICISING CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER
On 16 November 2018, the Secretary of State accepted an application by Highways England Company Limited ('Highways England'), of Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LZ, for a development consent order ('DCO') under the Planning Act 2008 ('the DCO Application') for the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down Scheme ('the Scheme'). The DCO Application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate ('the Inspectorate'), an executive agency of the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government ('the Secretary of State') and was given the reference number TR010025.
The DCO Application is currently being examined by a panel of independent Inspectors appointed by the Inspectorate ('the Examining Authority') on behalf of the Secretary of State. If the Secretary of State for Transport decides to grant development consent for the Scheme, the DCO would authorise the creation of a high quality two-lane dual carriageway on the A303 trunk road between Amesbury and Berwick Down in Wiltshire. The Scheme would be approximately 8 miles (13km) long and would comprise the following key components:
a) A northern bypass of Winterbourne Stoke with a viaduct over the River Till valley;
b) A new junction between the A303 and A360 to the west of and replacing the existing Longbarrow roundabout;
c) A twin-bore tunnel approximately 2 miles (3.3km) long, past Stonehenge; and
d) A new junction between the A303 and A345 at the existing Countess roundabout. Notice is hereby given that:
- Highways England proposes to submit to the Examining Authority an application for eight proposed changes to the DCO Application which is currently being examined ('the Proposed Changes Application').
- Highways England is holding a non-statutory consultation on the eight proposed changes to the DCO Application ('the Proposed Changes Consultation').
- This notice includes a brief description of the eight proposed changes.
- This notice also includes information about the Proposed Changes Consultation and how you can take part in it.
- The Examining Authority will decide whether or not to accept the proposed changes for inclusion in the examination of the DCO Application and will issue a Procedural Decision on this in due course.
- Any responses to the Proposed Changes Consultation must be submitted to Highways England (via the contact details below) by 11:59pm on 26 August 2019.
- After the Proposed Changes Consultation has closed on 26 August 2019, Highways England will submit a Non-Statutory Consultation Report to the Examining Authority. Interested Parties will then have a further opportunity to make written submissions to the Examining Authority about the Proposed Changes Application and about the Non-Statutory Consultation Report.
Summary of the Proposed Changes
The Proposed Changes Consultation booklet sets out the proposed changes to the Scheme. Highways England considers that each of the changes is relatively minor in the context of the Scheme as a whole, and that whether taken individually or collectively, the proposed changes are non-material in scale and nature and do not change the Scheme to which the DCO Application relates. The eight proposed non-material changes ('NMCs') are briefly described below:
1. Proposed change NMC-01 - Existing A303 lay-by west of Winterbourne Stoke to be de-trunked and closed.
2. Proposed change NMC-02 - Circulatory carriageway of Countess Roundabout to be de-trunked (to form part of the A345 rather than the A303).
3. Proposed change NMC-03 - Change to the proposed road re-classification of the existing A303 west of Winterbourne Stoke (existing A303 Trunk Road to become an unclassified road).
4. Proposed change NMC-04 - The addition of a turning head on Stonehenge Road.
5. Proposed change NMC-05 - Revised proposal for access to land next to the existing A360 north of Longbarrow.
6. Proposed change NMC-06 - Changes to the new public right of way proposal alongside the A360 to the Stonehenge Visitor Centre.
7. Proposed change NMC-07 - Additional private means of access off the new link to the Allington Track.
8. Proposed change NMC-08 - Revised private means of access off the new restricted byway south of Green Bridge No.4.
Full descriptions of each of the eight proposed changes are provided in Highways England's Proposed Changes Consultation booklet - details of how you can view this are set out below.
NMC-06 would require a small area of additional land which was not previously included in the DCO Application. As explained in the Proposed Changes Consultation booklet, the additional land currently comprises highway verge on the eastern side of the A360 near the Stonehenge Visitor Centre. None of the other proposed changes require land or rights over land additional to what is already proposed in the DCO Application.
Highways England has reviewed and appraised each of the proposed changes in the context of each environmental topic previously assessed in the original environmental impact assessment carried out in respect of the Scheme, to ascertain whether any of the proposed changes, either individually or cumulatively, would give rise to any new or materially different likely significant effects, beyond those reported in the Environmental Statement.
Details of the appraisal carried out in respect of each proposed change are set out in the Proposed Changes Consultation booklet, which explains how Highways England has concluded that, whether considered individually or collectively, the proposed changes would be unlikely to result in any new or materially different likely significant environmental effects beyond those already assessed and reported in the Environmental Statement.
Copies of the Proposed Changes Consultation booklet
Copies of the Proposed Changes Consultation booklet are available for inspection free of charge from Friday 26 July 2019 until Monday 26 August 2019, at Amesbury Library and Salisbury Library, at the locations and times set out below:
Amesbury Library, Smithfield Street, Amesbury, Salisbury, SP4 7AL.
Monday 2pm - 7pm, Tuesday and Friday 9.30am - 5pm, Thursday 9.30am - 7pm and Saturday 9.30am - 1 pm.
Salisbury Library, Market Place, Salisbury, SP1 1BL.
Monday 10am - 7pm, Tuesday and Friday 9am to 7pm and Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 9am - 5pm.
The Proposed Changes Consultation booklet can also be viewed online through the Highways England website: www.hiahwavsenaland.co.uk/a303-stonehenae-home/.
Making representations about the Proposed Changes to the Application
Any responses to the Proposed Changes Consultation, or any representations (e.g. giving notice of any interest in, or objection to, any of the changes set out in the Proposed Changes Consultation booklet) must be made in writing, with the reference 'A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down - Application for Proposed Changes', and sent to Highways England via either of the contact details below, by 11:59pm on Monday 26 August 2019:
- Post: A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down, Highways England, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6HA.
- Email: A303Stonehenae@hiahwavsengland.co.uk.
Please note that in due course, responses to the Proposed Changes Consultation and any representations submitted in relation to the proposed changes to the Scheme will be included in the Non-Statutory Consultation Report which will be submitted to the Examining Authority and made publicly available on the Inspectorate's website.
Please note that any representations on the proposed changes to the Scheme must be received by Highways England via the contact details above no later than 11:59pm on Monday 26 August 2019.