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Official Plans to Fix A30 Misery Handed In

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:32am 14th August 2013

Government inspectors decide whether to dual Cornwall's biggest bottleneck.

Plans for the A30 between Bodmin and Temple are being handed in on Wednesday.

It is the only stretch of single carriageway road between the Duchy and Scotland, snarling up thousands of visitors every summer.

The scheme will remove a major bottleneck that has had a serious detrimental effect on business costs, travel times, tourism and the lives of the local Cornish community, with queues of up to 9 miles common in the peak summer months.

But the handing in of the plans does not mean bulldozers are set to move onto the site any time soon.

As the scheme has been designated a nationally significant infrastructure project, it is the responsibility of the Planning Inspectorate, and not the Council, to assess and determine the planning application. 

Following the formal submission there is a period of up to 28 days for the application to be accepted. If the application is accepted, an Examining Authority will be appointed by the Planning Inspectorate.  

That will be followed by another 28 day period for public consultation.

The Planning Inspectorate will then publish all relevant representations on their website. Those published become known as interested parties at this stage. The Planning Inspectorate will invite further submissions from interested parties as a part of their formal examination of the scheme which they then have six months to complete.  

The Planning Inspectorate then has three months to prepare a report and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport. A decision is expected from the Secretary of State for Transport in late 2014. . 

“We know that traffic congestion on the main roads in and out of Cornwall is a huge issue for holiday makers, local residents and businesses” said Chris Batters, the Cornwall Councillor for Lanivet and Blisland.  “The congestion which we have experienced on peak days this Summer is a timely reminder of the urgent need for this scheme.

“There has been a huge amount of engagement with the public over the development of this scheme which has enabled the application to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate so a decision can be made."

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