Q. What is the potential environmental impact of the new scheme and have any studies been done into the effect on local wildlife?
Highways England is working closely with local authorities, technical stakeholders and environmental groups such as the Cotswolds Conservation Board, to ensure we avoid any unacceptable impacts on the surrounding natural environment and landscape and to optimise the environmental opportunities and mitigation that the proposals may bring.
A. The campaign for the loop has been successful as Government has now allocated funding for a solution. The ‘loop’ was the most cost effective and viable option at the time, and is still an option going forward. However Highways England needs to investigate all available options in full. All data and information gathered by our campaign will be considered in this process.
More information about the Development Consent Order process can be found on the Planning Inspectorate’s website: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk
Q. A ‘Development Consent Order’ sounds like submitting planning permission, how can they allocate funding if you don’t have this already?
The application sets out the design of the new road, the effect on other roads and the land needed for the scheme. Once we are clear on what we want to do, we can apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO). This has been taken into account in the timelines published so far, and it will not delay the promise of work beginning as early as possible in the next Roads Period which starts in 2020.