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A30 upgrade takes a step closer as government accepts plans
11:47am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
The Planning Inspectorate has announced that the application from Cornwall Council for the proposed road upgrade to the A30 between Temple and Carblake in Cornwall has been accepted for examination by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
The application for the proposed road improvements was submitted on August 15, with the proposed development widening the A30 Trunk road for a distance of 2.8 miles between Temple and Higher Carblake and realigning the existing carriageway to provide additional lanes, central reserve and verges.
Junctions will be removed in favour of three separate bridges located at strategic locations along the improved route. The number of direct private accesses onto the A30 will be reduced.
When considering whether or not to accept an application for examination, the Secretary of State has regard to the application documents submitted, any adequacy of consultation representations received from local authorities, and the extent to which the developer has had regard to any guidance issued.
Other matters relating to the application will be considered by the Examining Authority during the examination. Interested parties will have an opportunity to take part in that process and make representations if they wish.
The ‘Acceptance to proceed’ decision and a copy of the application can be viewed at the A30 Temple to Higher Carblake Improvement page on the Planning Inspectorate’s National Infrastructure Planning website.
It is now for the applicant, Cornwall Council, to publicise the fact that its application has been accepted to proceed to examination and invite people who are interested in the proposal to register with the Planning Inspectorate as an interested party by making a relevant representation.
Once the period to register has opened, people will be able to do so online at: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/a30-improvement and completing the ‘Registration and Relevant Representation form’. Alternatively, those without internet access may call the Planning Inspectorate, National Infrastructure Directorate helpline: 0303 444 5000 for a printed registration form.
Sir Michael Pitt, Chief Executive of The Planning Inspectorate, said: “After careful consideration, on behalf of the Secretary of State we have decided that the application submitted by Cornwall Council met the required tests set out in the legislation to be accepted for examination.
“The applicant must now decide when to publicise the fact that its application has been accepted to proceed to examination and announce when members of the public will be able to register with The Planning Inspectorate as an interested party in the application.”
Interested parties in an application can:
- Say what they agree or disagree with in the application and why.
- Comment on what other people have said in their representations.
- Attend a Preliminary Meeting and say how they think the application should be examined.
- Request that an open floor hearing is held.
- Attend and request to speak at open floor or issue-specific hearings should one be held.
The Planning Inspectorate’s Advice Note 8.3, ‘How to register and become an interested party in an application’ is available on the Inspectorate’s website www.planningportal.gov.uk/infrastructure or a copy can be requested by calling 0303 444 5000.
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