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Broughton bypass: County councillors to visit proposed road route before making decision

Posted on - 1st September, 2013 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, News, Roads, Transport
Traffic at the Broughton roundabout is often backed up due to congestion on the A6

Traffic at the Broughton roundabout is often backed up due to congestion on the A6

County councillors being asked to decide whether the Broughton bypass should go ahead will visit the site this month.

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The development control committee at Lancashire County Council meets on Wednesday 4 September and councillors have been advised to visit Broughton before reaching a decision.

Alongside the application for the road which will see a route ease congestion in the North of the Preston, there are ecological concerns which need to be addressed.

A secondary renewal application has gone in for measures to safeguard bats and great crested newts which call the proposed route of the new road home. The species are protected by European legislation.

Planning permission for the bypass had previously been granted but the five-year time limit on it lapsed at the end of July.

The route of the proposed bypass can be seen on the map below.

The proposed route for the Broughton bypass

The proposed route for the Broughton bypass

It would begin to the north on the A6 some 400m north of Broughton village, would then cut east of the village and connect with the Broughton roundabout to the south.

Plans show it would include a new roundabout junction with Whittingham Lane and a joining spur with D’urton Lane and Eastway as new housing developments are proposed once the bypass is complete.

The lack of the bypass has caused decades of congestion in the village, according to local residents and councillors.

Broughton Parish Council has come out in support of the bypass with parish councillor Peter Moss writing on Blog Preston about their battle to have the bypass completed.

The county council states the bypass has received a number of objections and council officers advise councillors to visit the site before making any decision.

Preston City Council’s planning committee will meet at 10am on Monday 2 August to determine whether they support the bypass or not, it has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

You can view the plans for the bypass on the county council website.

What do you think about the bypass? Should it go ahead? Let us know in the comments below

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