10/06/13

A number of residents have received a letter about the link road from the Department for Transport (DfT), dated 4 June, which is causing some confusion and we would like to clarify what the letter is about.

The letter relates to the Compulsory Purchase Orders and Side Road Orders published in 2009 when the road received planning permission for the first time. The Orders have remained on hold since then; however as the approval granted by the government earlier this year included compulsory purchase powers as well as the planning permission, the previous Orders are no longer required.  The DfT has simply written to all those affected to let them know that these Orders are being withdrawn.
 
Since permissions were granted, the county council contacted affected land owners to start the formal process of acquiring the remaining land required for the road.  These remain valid.
 
We are currently awaiting a date for when the legal challenge will be considered and we expect it to be dismissed (see previous update below).
 
The judicial review will have an impact on the start date which was originally scheduled for July; the start date is now expected to be later in the year.