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Planning consultation - Arborfield Cross Relief Road

Planning consultation - Arborfield Cross Relief Road

03 August 2017
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Wokingham Borough Council is urging people to have their say on its newly submitted planning application for Arborfield Cross Relief Road.


The consultation period for residents and businesses to give feedback and make comments about the scheme is open until Friday 15 September.


The council has submitted full plans for the 2.3km road following a public exhibition in June which was attended by more than 100 people.


Cllr David Lee, deputy leader and executive member for strategic highways and planning, said: “Our thanks to everyone who came to the public exhibition in June.


“Local businesses and residents have been involved from an early stage with their feedback proving to be of great value in shaping the plans for this road.


“Submitting the full planning application is a milestone, and we urge people to get involved once again to see the exact details and have their say about the scheme.”


The proposed new road will help ease congestion in Arborfield as well as offset traffic from the new 3,500 homes being built at the former Arborfield Garrison.


The planning application is for the construction of the road, including a shared-use pathway, linking the A327 Reading Road in the north and the A327 Eversley Road in the south east.


It also includes two new roundabouts linking to the existing road network on the A327, a new staggered priority junction at Swallowfield Road and a new shared-use green bridge.


Public consultation in 2013 attracted more than 1,300 responses – one of the council’s biggest consultations to date – with 70 per cent of respondents expressing a preference for an Option B route.


Wokingham Borough Council agreed the Option B route in 2014 following this consultation.


Council officers then carried out site investigations, ecology surveys, and design and analysis for the environmental statement and environmental impact assessment to accompany the planning application.


Visit the council’s planning portal on its website to see the application and comment by entering reference number 172209.