Public Consultation begins for West Winch Housing Access Road
- By Elaine Bird
- 14 November 2022
- King’s Lynn
People can have their say on proposals for the West Winch Housing Access Road as the public consultation begins today (Monday 14 November).
The pre-planning application consultation will give people the opportunity to put forward their views before the planning application is finalised and submitted next year.
The consultation will run for eight weeks until Sunday 8 January, with the proposals available to view online. In addition, three local events will be held during the consultation period, with information on display and members of the project team on hand to answer questions.
Roundabout junction of new access road and existing A10
The new road will serve the South East King’s Lynn Growth Area (known locally as the West Winch Growth area) which will see up to 4,000 new homes built over the next 20 years.
David Allfrey, Assistant Director for Infrastructure Delivery at Norfolk County Council said:
“The road is an essential part of the wider plans to create new housing in the area and resolve traffic issues on the existing A10. We are therefore working closely with the borough council and local partners to deliver this vital piece of infrastructure as soon as possible.”
“This consultation will provide everyone with more detail about the proposed scheme which would see the A10 rerouted as it approaches King’s Lynn. This is an important opportunity for us to receive local input before we finalise and submit the planning application next year. I would encourage as many people as possible to look through the proposals and give us their feedback.”
Rectory Lane overbridge
The road’s route connects the A10 to the A47 via new 1.5-mile road, starting to the south of Gravelhill Lane in West Winch and joining the A47 before it reaches the Hardwick Junction.
The road joins the A47 via a new signalised roundabout and dedicated free-flow slip road. The scheme would see the dualling of the A47 between Hardwick and the new road. Changes will be made to the Hardwick Interchange to account for the extra housing traffic and the rerouted A10.
The West Winch Housing Access Road will provide an alternative route around village of West Winch. The traffic flows through West Winch are expected to fall significantly once the new road opens. In the new road’s opening year, it is forecast that the daily traffic through West Winch will be 55-62% lower than 2018 levels.
The reduction in traffic will allow the introduction of measures through the village to improve safety and living conditions for local residents. This could include a reduction to existing speed limits, weight restriction on heavy good vehicles and new crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.
Proposed roundabout junction with Housing Allocation Site
The new road would intersect two existing local roads in Rectory Lane and Chequers Lane. The proposals would see a new bridge built to carry Rectory Lane over the access road to maintain connectivity between West Winch and North Runcton. Chequers Lane would be severed to prevent traffic travelling through North Runcton to the A47. The opportunity for a pedestrian and cycle crossing at Chequers Lane will be explored as part of the consultation.
Proposed signalised roundabout junction of A47 to the new access road
Steps are also being taken to consider the local landscape and ecology. The consultation will include details about themes such as air quality, noise, biodiversity, drainage, and climate.
The consultation will also provide information about sustainable transport. This includes the connectivity between new and existing walking and cycling routes, and the opportunity for improvements to public transport.
People can view the proposals online and give their feedback by filling in an online questionnaire via the Norfolk County Council website at www.norfolk.gov.uk/WestWinchA1... exhibition events will be held across the consultation period which will provide the opportunity to see the proposals in person and ask questions. The events are:
- West Winch Primary School, PE33 0LA - Wednesday 23 November, 4pm to 9pm
- The Village Meeting Place, North Runcton, PE33 0RB - Saturday 10th December, 10am-4pm
- West Winch Primary School, PE33 0LA - Wednesday 4 January, 4pm to 9pm
Hard copies of the consultation brochure and questionnaire can also be requested by emailing email@example.com or phoning 0344 800 8020. People can return their paper questionnaire to the council, or write a letter in response to the consultation. Comments can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public consultation will close on Sunday 8 January 2023 and the planning application for the scheme is due to be submitted next year.
Subject to gaining necessary statutory approvals, construction of the West Winch Housing Access Road is due to get underway in late 2025 with construction taking around 2 years.