South Holland District Council planning committee to have their say on £100million Spalding Western Relief Road
The first two sections of a controversial £101million road scheme planned for Spalding are "critical to the delivery of the growth strategy for the town".
Members of South Holland District Council are due to meet next week to decide whether the northern and southern sections of the Spalding Western Relief Road (SWRR) should be built.
Plans for the four-mile (6.5km) road linking Spalding Common and Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, are due to be discussed by the council's planning committee on Wednesday.
The plans have caused controversy due to the potential loss of nine homes in Bourne Road, plus two more along the B1356 Spalding Road.
A pressure group, Spalding Pinchbeck Against Relief Road (SPARR), has been formed to fight the plans which are due to go before Lincolnshire County Council leaders on June 4.
Before that though, district councillors will have their say on a report which has recommended that planning approval should be given to construction of the SWRR's northern and southern sections.
The three-quarters of a mile (1.2km) southern section, linking Spalding Common with a 2,250-home development at Holland Park,will feature two roundabouts and a bridge over the Peterborough to Lincoln railway line.
Meanwhile, £12million of government funding has been secured towards construction of a 0.6mile (1km) northern section between Spalding Road and an area north of Vernatts Drain.
The report said: "The proposed SWRR, when completed, is expected to provide faster access to areas to the north, west and south of Spalding.
"By reducing the car journeys currently passing through Spalding town centre along the A151, it is also likely that delays at the railway level crossing will be reduced.
"The strategy to deliver the full route of the SWRR has been developed over a considerable period of time and the evidence shows that, with the levels of growth planned for Spalding, the SWRR is critical to the delivery of the growth strategy for the town."
A decision about the SWRR's central section is still uncertain after the public were given another chance to share their views on the route between Holland Park and Vernatts Drain.
Just last month, Coun Martin Hill, the Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, warned that he could not give an "open-ended about the construction of the £44.8million middle section.
County highways leaders are hoping though to start work on the northern section by the end of the year, with the southern section to follow in 2022.
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