Decision still awaited on controversial relief road plans say council chiefs - The Stratford Observer

Decision still awaited on controversial relief road plans say council chiefs

Stratford Editorial 18th Mar, 2020 Updated: 18th Mar, 2020   0

CLAIMS an £86million government funding bid for controversial relief road plans in Stratford has been turned down have been denied by county chiefs.

Warwickshire County Council has been awaiting a decision on the bid from Homes England for the £130million road – initially costed at £30million – since summer to cover the rocketing costs.

The road is planned to run from near Orchard Hill Farm on Shipston Road to Luddington Road, close to the racecourse, and include a flyover.

Residents have raised concerns over the impact of the relief road – which is linked to developer Cala Homes’ garden village application – on surrounding roads and the environment, as well as its effectiveness on congested traffic in light of the planned 3,500 homes.

And on Monday campaign group Stratford Residents Action Group (SRAG) claimed it had ‘good reason to believe’ the bid had been refused by central government as the plans ‘did not offer value for money’.

But a county council spokesperson responded that the bid was still being considered.

She said: “It is important to note that although the South Western Relief Road scheme has not been awarded forward funding at this stage, it has not been rejected and the bid will continue to be considered. This scheme is part of the council’s aim to support all of its residents with excellent transport infrastructure and it remains committed to taking it forward. In the coming weeks, officers of the council are expecting to meet with Homes England and MCHLG which will provide an opportunity to gain greater detail and feedback on the status of the bid assessment and to respond to any points which require clarification.”

SRAG has been contacted for comment.

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