Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 14°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

West Suffolk: New £18m relief road is waved through as development looms

21:17 06 January 2014

The new road would meet the A14 at Rougham

The new road would meet the A14 at Rougham

A new relief road that will pave the way for major development in a west Suffolk town has been waved through by councillors.

Plans for the eastern relief road in Bury St Edmunds, which will connect Skyliner Way in Moreton Hall to Junction 45 (Rougham) of the A14, were approved by St Edmundsbury Borough Council on Thursday.

The £18 million road has to be built before a 500-home development on Moreton Hall and an extension of the Suffolk Business Park can proceed.

The road will have five roundabouts serving different landmarks and will improve the slip roads at Junction 45, as well as adding a new car park to serve the existing Rougham Tower Hill Museum.

Speaking after the meeting, panel chairman Jim Thorndyke said: “The slip roads at the moment are far too short, and we wanted to make sure they were lengthened to make that junction much safer than it is now.

“Everybody said it’s a good idea. It’s going to open up the industrial places in that area and it will also ease things at the Sainsbury’s roundabout by taking a lot of industrial traffic away. That can be a nightmare at times.”

Taylor Wimpey, which is behind the new housing development, will provide some funding, although more is needed after an application for £4.9 million of local pinch point funding from central government was turned down.

The plans were passed with a lengthy list of conditions, including a three-year time limit for the road’s completion.

At the same meeting, an outline for major development of Bury towards Fornham All Saints, known as the north west masterplan, was also given approval.

The outline application includes a new link road between Mildenhall Road and Tut Hill, provision for hundreds of new homes as well as a village centre and primary school.

Howard Quayle, from Fornham All Saints Parish Council, said the council largely agrees with the proposals but has four points of concern.

These are that no more than 900 homes are built, that the new link road is completed as early as possible and that slightly more land is used as agricultural rather than green space and that houses are restricted to three storeys.

0 comments

Ben Wragge

Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of a 13-year-old boy in Thurston will face no further action, police have said.

Picture: Ian Burt

A seven-year-old girl who was reported as missing in Great Cornard just after 4pm today has been found safe and well.

Police Officers. Picture: James Bass.

An incident involving a loose dog in Carlton Colville left a ten-year-old boy with a puncture wound, police said last night.

The Ipswich Foyer in Star Lane.

Thousands of people have signed a petition in protest against the proposed closure of a supported housing scheme in Ipswich.

The Buttermarket complex is being transformed and will house a gym, restaurants and a multi-screen cinema - Janice Poulson

The Buttermarket Centre in Ipswich is currently being converted to include a 12-screen cinema and chain restaurants including Wagamama, writes David Kindred.

The A12 as it approaches the Copdock roundabout.

Drivers experienced long delays after three cars crashed on the A12 northbound near the Copdock roundabout this evening.

Liz Ayling is urging parents to donate PE kit and old uniform from middle schools to charity. Liz is pictured with Joseph (12) and Daniel (8) in Bury St Edmunds.

Parents of children at the four Bury St Edmunds middle schools which closed down last week are being urged to donate any spare PE kit they have to charity.

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

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24