Farms, houses and a school car park could be bought by the county council under compulsory purchase so the Broughton bypass can be built.Advertisement
Lancashire County Council has made public a full list of property and land it wishes to buy.
The list is to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport.
Without the purchase the Broughton bypass would not be able to go ahead.
Included in the plan is for the county council to buy 1,442 square metres of the Church of England Primary School and St John Baptist Church in Broughton.
The school is likely to object to the proposal, as part of the Broughton Bypass Review Group.
Planning permission for the new £23.7 million road was granted in November last year and work is being completed as part of the City Deal – which sees a huge injection of funding for new roads and housing around Preston.
Martin Galloway, head of network management for Lancashire County Council, said: “We have acquired or reached agreement on the purchase of all of the houses needed to construct the bypass.
“In total, the land needed for the bypass covers around 18 hectares of land whose current use is predominantly agricultural, and the compulsory purchase order (CPO) covers 17 hectares which we still need to acquire to build the road.
“We are already in negotiation with all landowners or their agents and will make best endeavours to reach agreement in advance of the CPO order wherever possible.”
A fund of nearly £5 million has been made available by the county council to buy up the property along the proposed route of the bypass.
The full list of land and property due to be bought by the council is below or can be viewed by downloading this PDF.
Broughton Bypass Sealed Order – Lancashire County Council
Anyone wishing to object to the proposals must do so in writing to the Secretary of State for Transport.
The address to write to is National Transport Casework Team, Tyneside House, Skinnerburn Road, Newcastle Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7AR.
The deadline for objections is Friday 11 July and all objections must include the title of the order, the grounds of the objection and the objector’s address and interests in the land.
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