Planning application submitted for North Devon Link Road improvements

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Posted on: 14 November 2018

A planning application has been submitted for improvements to the North Devon Link Road, it was announced at Devon County Council’s Cabinet meeting today (Wednesday 14 November).

Devon County Council is proposing to widen 7.5km of the road between Barnstaple and South Molton.

The planning application also includes junction upgrades at Landkey and West Buckland as well as other safety improvements between Portmore Roundabout and Filleigh Cutting, near South Molton.

The improvements to this section of the A361 will provide more overtaking opportunities and will improve the safety and the reliability of journey times on the route. The planning application is currently out to consultation and responses must be received by Sunday 2 December 2018.

This is part of the wider £93 million scheme to improve the North Devon Link Road, which also includes improvements at five other junctions; Buckleigh Road, Heywood Road Roundabout, Westleigh Junction, Bishop’s Tawton Roundabout and Borner’s Bridge.

Proposals to improve the Bishops Tawton junction are currently being consulted on – the consultation ends on Friday 23 November.

The project is currently progressing according to programme with discussions taking place with land owners and contractors who will in due course build the scheme.

Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste, said: “The submission of the planning application is very welcome news and this is another important step forward in preparing the scheme. This vital project is progressing on schedule and as planned, and work is continuing on the full business case.”

The preliminary layouts were approved by Devon County Council’s Cabinet earlier this year, and it’s hoped the planning application will go before Devon County Council’s Development Management Committee early next year.

Devon County Council successfully bid for £83 million of Local Majors Funding earlier this year. This funding is subject to a final decision by the Department for Transport (DfT) once it has reviewed the full business case for the scheme.

The County Council is preparing to submit its full business case to the DfT in summer 2020.

Responses to the link road planning application should be emailed to planning@devon.gov.uk or via the County Council’s planning website – planning.devon.gov.uk and search for application DCC/4091/2018

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