An exhibition detailing the proposed route of the new Arborfield Cross Relief Road, and the work on it carried out so far, is being held in June before the scheme’s planning application is submitted this summer.
It will show the planned Option B alignment of the new road, which is based on the route agreed by Wokingham Borough Council’s executive following public consultation attracting more than 1,300 responses - one of the council’s biggest consultations to date. Seventy per cent of respondents expressed a preference for the Option B route.
The exhibition, at the Henry Street Garden Centre, will be manned on Tuesday 13 June (11am to 5.30pm), Wednesday 14 June (2 to 8:30pm) and Saturday 17 June (9am to 1 pm). The boards will remain at the venue until 30 June, as well as the leaflets, feedback forms and FAQs. From 9 June the content of the display boards, and the above documents, are also due to be on the council’s website.
Since the Option B route was agreed officers have been carrying out site investigations, ecology surveys, and design and analysis for the Environmental Statement and Environmental Impact Assessment to accompany the planning application. This work will be summarised in the exhibition.
The exhibition is not a consultation, although people will be able to make comments via a questionnaire available in paper at the exhibition, or online. This feedback will be summarised in the Statement of Community Engagement document submitted as part of the planning application. The deadline to submit feedback to be included in the planning application documentation is 30 June.
Formal feedback into the plans, which will be taken into consideration by planners, can only be officially lodged during the four weeks after the planning application has been submitted. Details on how to submit formal feedback on the application will be available at the exhibition, on the council’s digital news site, social media platforms, and via the ACRR web page link above.
Once the planning application has been submitted and it’s validated, it will be given a reference number allowing people to look it up in detail on the planning portal of the council’s website and lodge formal feedback.
Please remember submissions made during the four-week period do not receive a written response from the council.
Wokingham Borough Council hopes to submit the planning application in early July.
“Please do take this opportunity to see this exhibition, either in person or access it online, to get an up-to-date picture of the scheme and the considerable work carried out so far,” said Alex Deans interim head of highways and transport at Wokingham Borough Council.
“Local residents and businesses have been heavily involved from the start and your feedback from the consultation has helped shape the plans. We want their valuable involvement to continue.”
The new road will help ease existing congestion in Arborfield as well as offset traffic from the new 3,500 homes being built at the former Arborfield Garrison.