A379 Slapton reinstatement plans on show to public
Posted on: 3 May 2018
Draft plans to reinstate the A379 at Slapton have gone on show to the public today (Thursday 3 May).
As part of the Slapton Line Partnership meeting looking at a beach management plan, Devon County Council is also updating the local community on its proposed arrangements for reinstating the road.
The section of the A379 between Slapton and Strete Gate has been closed since early March after most of the road was washed away or undermined during Storm Emma.
The Government has committed £2.5 million for the reinstatement of the road and the County Council has been carrying out scrub clearance, surveys (including ordnance surveys) and working on designs for reconnecting the route.
The southern section of the reinstatement, near the junction to Slapton village, will be implemented based on an existing planning permission. However, the extent of the storm damage means that a new planning application is needed for the originally envisaged northern realignment towards Strete Gate – in order to extend it northwards and slightly to the west.
Subject to the progress of the planning application, it’s hoped that work will start in the summer and is expected to be completed late autumn.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “We are doing everything possible to get on with this reinstatement work as soon as we can. It’s unfortunate that we will be carrying out work during the busy summer months, but hopefully everyone would prefer us to be working on this rather than delaying the start of the scheme. The aim is for this scheme to extend the life of the A379 Slapton Line in order to make it more resilient in the event of future storms.”
Councillor Julian Brazil, local County Councillor for Kingsbridge and South Hams District Councillor, said: “The main priority is to get the road reopened as soon as possible. In the meantime, I hope councils and the Valuation Office will give support to local businesses by reducing their rates.”
In preparing the realignment scheme, the County Council is carefully considering the environmental designation and sensitivity of the area.
The authority is working alongside its partners from the Slapton Line Partnership, which includes South Hams District Council, Environment Agency, Natural England, South Devon AONB, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, and the Field Studies Council at Slapton Ley.
Devon County Council’s Cabinet will discuss the proposals for the realigned route on Wednesday 16 May.Posted in: DCC Homepage | Environment