Support for realigned A379 scheme at Slapton
Posted on: 16 May 2018
A scheme to reinstate the A379 at Slapton has gained support from Devon County Council’s Cabinet today (Wednesday 16 May).
Councillors approved proposals to reinstate the road between Slapton and Strete Gate which was washed away by Storm Emma in March and has been closed ever since.
A realigned section of the route will need planning permission. The updated design means the northern realignment of the route, towards Strete Gate, will be moved further north and west than in the approved scheme plans from 2007.
The southern section of the reinstatement, near the junction to Slapton village, will be implemented based on the existing planning permission.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “The severity of the damage has required some modification to the original plans, which will be subject to a revised planning application in early June. We need to reinstate this important link and relieve the pressures currently being experienced by the local community in taking the long detour.”
Councillor Julian Brazil, local County Councillor for Kingsbridge and South Hams District Councillor, said: “We are delighted the road is being reinstated and realigned. The local community and in particular local businesses that I’ve visited are suffering so we need to make this reinstatement happen as soon as possible.”
The County Council has been provided with £2.5 million of capital funding by the Department for Transport for the reinstatement work.
Construction work is planned to start during the summer and, subject to planning, it’s hoped it will be possible to re-open the road by late Autumn.
The proposed realignment has been discussed with stakeholders including the landowner, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust. Its Trustees have agreed to the scheme in principle, and the Slapton Line Partnership has also given its support.Posted in: Environment