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South Devon Highway compensation claim process to re-start

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Posted on: 2 August 2019

More people are now eligible to apply for compensation resulting from the impact of the development of the South Devon Highway.

Devon County Council has apologised for the delay in the compensation process, known as Part 1 claims, after an error was discovered with some of the original traffic flow figures used for the scheme.

The authority started the claims process at the end of 2018 by releasing the list of properties that were able to make a claim due to the impact of physical factors arising from the road development, such as noise.

However, questions were raised over the original noise figures. After this was brought to the attention of the County Council, the claims process was put on hold to allow a thorough review to be carried out, in order to verify the robustness of the original calculations.

This investigation identified that while the noise calculations were robust, they were based on flawed traffic figures, with some substantial discrepancies found between the traffic flow figures prior to the scheme’s development in sections of the original model, compared with measured traffic flows.

In order to resolve this matter, Devon County Council commissioned a new model of base year traffic flows, using recorded data where available, and from that recalculated the forecast traffic flows. The County Council has re-modelled both the base figures and re-calculated noise levels.

The whole process, which has been independently reviewed, has resulted in an increase in the number of properties eligible for Part 1 claims, from 159 to 270. However, these increases are still expected to fall within the claims budget.

Although the re-modelling work has caused delays, it was essential to take the time to address the issues raised and ensure the updated figures are correct.

The County Council is now in a position to re-start the claims process and from Monday (5 August) will be issuing updated figures to representatives working on behalf of claimants.

Since the South Devon Highway opened in 2015, results from air quality monitoring in Kingskerswell have shown that Nitrogen Dioxide levels have fallen, and locations where the levels were exceeding the national objective now fall within it.

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