Go-ahead for Beaconsfield Relief Road plans
Beaconsfield's planned relief road has gained planning permission in principle from Buckinghamshire County Council Development Control Committee, and now awaits approval from Secretary of State Michael Gove because the route cuts across an area of Green Belt land.
The new stretch of A355 relief road will relieve traffic congestion at London End roundabout. A half mile (900 metres) northern section from a new Maxwell Road roundabout, will link with a southern section that has been built by Inland Homes, from Pyebush Roundabout on the A40 to Minerva Way, as part of their local infrastructure contribution.
The relief road improvement project is a County Council partnership scheme funded by a £6.05 million grant from the Government's Local Growth Fund through Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership.
The preliminary design and planning application followed a large-scale consultation, which included a public exhibition and workshop, to involve local people and organisations in shaping the plans. Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "I'm delighted we've reached this important milestone on our journey to reduce traffic congestion and improve life for residents and businesses."
The County Council has appointed Balfour Beatty to do the detailed design work and a construction contractor is expected to be commissioned in the autumn. Building work will start early next year and the road is due to be completed in March 2019.
IN THE PICTURE: Mark Shaw: Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member