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St Austell to A30 link road moves closer

St Austell to A30 link road moves closer

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:22pm 27th March 2019. (Updated at 9:18am 28th March 2019)

By Local Democracy Reporter Richard Whitehouse - Image: Google.

A planning application to build a new road which will link St Austell to the A30 has been recommended for approval.

The plans are set to go before Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee when it meets next Thursday (April 4).

Under the plans a single carriageway road with a 60mph speed limit would be built on land between Stenalees and Victoria, near Roche.

Planning officers have recommended that the planning committee grants planning permission for the new road.

The report going to the committee lists some of the benefits of the scheme as included in the submission made with the planning application.

These include: “It will create a better link between some of Cornwall’s most important towns and developments.

“It will make it easier to access Cornwall’s new, large employment sites.

“Crucially, it will improve the competitiveness of St Austell as a location to do
business (via enhancing the viability of commercial land development and the
generation of new employment space).

“It will support continued housing development; and it will support the regeneration of Roche, Bugle and Stenalees (due to decongestion and the elimination of current bottlenecks).”

The planning report states that the benefits focus on economic gains but says there are also environmental benefits with taking traffic out of villages along the existing road which connects St Austell with the A30.

However planning officers also acknowledge that there will be some harm to the landscape and also adverse impacts to some historic assets in the area.

As well as the new road there will also be several roundabouts, bridges and access routes to other sites along the route.

If approved work would start on constructing the road in spring 2020 and be completed in 2022.

The application has had support from Roche Parish Council and Treverbyn Parish Council.

"Support application on basis of huge economic benefit to the area and provides business and employment opportunities along this corridor.

"The road will provide relief for the villages of Roche, Stenalees and Bugle who have suffered for many years from HGVs going through their villages.”

MP Steve Double

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, who was formerly MP for the area, has also backed the scheme:

“I am writing in strong support of the proposed link road. I was chair of the Roche Neighbourhood Plan which is now a made plan.

"We went through a great deal of public consultation and this road was far the most popular request and proposal, and was incorporated into the local plan.

“It will relieve the village of substantial through traffic including a large number of HGV movements, and the dangerous congestion caused in the centre of the village by articulated HGV attempting to turn in and out of Harmony Road at the junction with Fore Street.

"It will therefore greatly improve residential amenity, cut noise, and improve traffic flows and safety.

“The Neighbourhood Plan will also allow increased residential development once the new road is in place, so it will also deliver new homes.

"Given the strong support of the Neighbourhood Plan, and the very strong community support demonstrated though the Neighbourhood Plan consultations and referendum, I trust the application will be approved".

Lord Taylor

Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee will meet to discuss the plans next Thursday (April 4) at 10am.

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