Spalding Western Relief Road latest: County council planning committee backs northern and southern sections
Plans to construct the northern and southern sections of Spalding's proposed western relief road were today backed by the county council Planning and Regulation Committee.
The council hopes to break ground on the northern section this winter but everything hinges on the Secretary of State, who may yet call in the applications for a decision.
There has been widespread opposition to the planning applications, most channelled through a group called SPARR (Spalding Pinchbeck Against the Relief Road).
But a county council official today welcomed the committee decision.
Karen Cassar, assistant director of highways, said: "This is great news for the people that live, work and travel in and around Spalding.
"Now that these two planning applications have been given the go-ahead by the planning committee, we're one step closer to making a start building the new relief road.
"We'll now sit tight while the Secretary of State reviews the applications and makes a decision about whether or not to call them in.
"We haven't been given a time-frame for this process, but hope it will be resolved quickly.
"If we receive a positive response from Government, we'll carry on with completing detailed design and obtaining legal orders, with a view to breaking ground on the north section this winter and the south section in 2022."
The northern section of the road will be funded via a £12million Housing Infrastructure Fund contribution with the remaining £15million being funded by Lincolnshire County Council.
The south section will be paid for by developer contributions and county council funding, both of which are still being identified and secured.
The council points out that funding for the relief road's central sections isn't currently available.
However, it says a feasibility study is currently being undertaken, looking into a number of route options.
This report will be complete by the end of summer, at which time the council's preferred route will be announced.