Preston Western Distributor Road and North West Preston East West Link Road. Public Consultation Report and Adoption of the Preferred Routes
Decision Maker: Executive Scrutiny Committee
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Approval is sought to adopt and protect the routes for the Preston Western Distributor (PWD) and the routes for the associated links serving strategic housing development areas in North West Preston, namely the East-West Link Road and Cottam Link road shown on Appendix 'A'.
Route adoption and protection is identified as an early activity under the Infrastructure Delivery Plan to the Preston, South Ribble, and Lancashire City Deal. Once these routes are approved, the County Council will be in a position to progress a planning application and start land assembly procedures.
A six-week public consultation exercise was held on one preferred alignment rather than options for these routes, for the reasons that, as described in this report, the search corridor for the PWD has already been identified in the published Central Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan, and constraints and design imperatives along that corridor point to a route. For the East-West Link Road, an extensive masterplanning exercise has already been undertaken which has shown an indicative line which this exercise bases a route on.
The consultation received 510 responses, 44% of which cited support for or raised no issue with the preferred choice of routes. Those who raised issues or concerns sought assurances over the timing and potential impact of the construction of the roads and the traffic conditions that would follow. Additionally they raised matters over the impact of the new roads on the existing environment and residences.
Whilst these matters do not directly impact on the choice of route, they will be given full consideration as detailed designs for the roads schemes and environmental measures to mitigate for their potential impacts are developed to support a planning application. A Consultation Report, presented at Appendix 'B', compiles and summarises the comments received and responds to these. None of the issues identified through the consultation impede the progression of the routes at this stage.
This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order No 25 have been complied with.
The Committee considered a report setting out a proposal to adopt and protect the routes for the Preston Western Distributor (PWD) and the routes for the associated links serving strategic housing development areas in North West Preston, namely the East-West Link Road and Cottam Link Road.
It was confirmed that an extensive consultation had been undertaken, and many responses received, although most responses concerned the implementation of the work rather than the specific route. Where specific responses were received on the proposed route, these were set out in the report, along with the council's response.
Resolved:That the recommendations in the report to the cabinet member be noted and that no additional comments or suggested alternative recommendations be made
Date of decision: 04/11/2014
Decided at meeting: 04/11/2014 - Executive Scrutiny Committee