Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Great Barton: Long-awaited bypass may not come until 2031

16:16 03 July 2014

Archant

The long-awaited Great Barton bypass has not been identified as a deliverable project before 2031, it has emerged.

shares

St Edmundsbury Borough Council discussed the traffic implications of developer Berkeley’s plans for about 1,250 homes north-east of Bury 
St Edmunds at a meeting on Monday.

Increased traffic on the local roads network as a result of the development, which would be close to the village of Great Barton and hamlet of Cattishall, has been a key concern amongst people in the area.

A late paper circulated at Monday’s meeting in relation to Berkeley’s draft masterplan said: “In respect of facilitating the provision of an A143 Great Barton bypass, 
the masterplan would not prevent a bypass coming forward should 
it become deliverable in the 
future.

“Although the Suffolk Local Transport Plan identifies a bypass for Great Barton as a ‘long-term aspiration,’ it is not in the county council’s programme or identified as a deliverable project before 2031.”

Councillor Diane Hind said she was “horrified” when she saw the late paper.

She added: “It does actually more or less give the information here there will not be a bypass before 2031”.

“I think there’s potential for real chaos around the town and I just want to know: what we are going to do about it?”

The north-east Bury development is one of five strategic sites around the town earmarked for housing.

Councillor Trevor Beckwith said something needed to be done urgently.

“We are heading for a big disaster if we don’t get this sorted out,” he warned.

Councillor Sara Mildmay-White, who was asked by residents to represent them during consultation on the development, said on the whole comments about the scheme had been “mostly fairly positive,” but transport was a big issue.

“It may be by 2031 we have to revisit how we all actually have to travel,” she said.

“Building another road there is actually looking backwards.”

Councillor Terry Clements, cabinet member for planning and regulation, said he had raised with Suffolk County Council the importance of a transport plan.

He added: “Developers can only be asked to provide infrastructure that are required to overcome detrimental impacts arising from their development.”

A borough council spokesman confirmed the county council had determined the developer did not need to provide a Great Barton relief road at this stage.

Councillors adopted the 
masterplan, with the amendment that it is brought back to the sustainable development panel to look at transport before it gets to the planning committee stage.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The Colchester Borough Election count at Charter Hall.

Votes cast in Colchester and Ipswich are now being counted and reporters Will Lodge and Paul Geater are at the counts providing live updates.

The Colchester Borough Election count at Charter Hall.

Counting has begun at Charter Hall in Colchester for the borough council elections.

The local election counts at Ipswich Corn Exchange.

The first results for the Ipswich Borough Council elections have been declared at the Corn Exchange.

File picture of two horse riders.

Fire, police and ambulance crews worked together to free a woman who was trapped under a horse in a ditch.

Pub quiz.

British author and mathematician Bertrand Russell said: “There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.”

Polling stations have now closed

Ballot boxes are being rounded up and votes will soon be verified following today’s local elections, and the police and crime commissioner ballots.

The crash happened in Granville Street, which is just off Norwich Road.

A man has been taken to hospital with a leg injury after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car in Granville Street, Ipswich.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24