Notice of public inquiry for Congleton Link Road

Department For Transport Highways Act 1980 and Acquisition Of Land Act 1980

NOTICE is hereby given that Public Local Inquiries in connection with the Orders mentioned below will be held by an Inspector appointed for the purpose by the Secretary of State for Transport beginning at 10.00 am on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at Congleton Town Hall, High Street, Congleton CW12 1BN to hear representations from remaining objectors (as defined in the Compulsory Purchase (Inquiries Procedure) Rules 2007) and statutory objectors (as defined in the Highways (Inquiries Procedure) Rules 1994), from any other persons having an interest in the land the subject of the Compulsory Purchase Order and, at his discretion, to hear representations from any other persons who may desire to appear and be heard.

NOTICE is hereby given that a Pre-Inquiries Meeting will be held on Thursday 6 April 2017 in the Bridestone Room, Congleton Town Hall, High Street, Congleton CW12 1BN starting at 10.00 am where the Inspector will arrange the timetable for the proceedings in connection with the Orders named below.  The right to make representations at the Public Local Inquiries will in no way be prejudiced by the inability to attend or be represented at the Pre-Inquiries Meeting.

THE ORDERS are Orders which have been made by Cheshire East Borough Council under the above-mentioned Acts and submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport for confirmation and are:-

(1)       THE CHESHIRE EAST BOROUGH COUNCIL (A536 CONGLETON LINK ROAD) (CLASSIFIED ROAD) (SIDE ROADS) ORDER 2016.  This is an Order under sections 14 and 125 of the Highways Act 1980, which, if confirmed, will authorise Cheshire East Borough Council to:-

(a)       improve highways;

(b)       stop up highways;

(c)        construct new highways;

(d)       stop up private means of access to premises; and

(e)       provide new means of access to premises,

all on or in the vicinity of the route of the classified road known as A536 Congleton Link Road which the Council are proposing to construct from a point 50m west of the junction of Sandy Lane and the existing Sandbach Road (A534), first northwards and then generally eastwards for a distance of 5700m to form a junction with Macclesfield Road (A536).

(2)       THE CHESHIRE EAST BOROUGH COUNCIL (A536 CONGLETON LINK ROAD) COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER 2016.  This is an Order under sections 239, 240, 246, 250 and 260 of the Highways Act 1980, which, if confirmed, will authorise Cheshire East Borough Council to purchase compulsorily the land and the new rights over land described therein for the purposes of:-

(a)       the construction and improvement of the following highways in the area of the acquiring authority:

(i)         a new roundabout to the west of Wall Hill on the A534 Sandbach Road classified road (“the Sandbach Road Junction”);

(ii)        a highway between the Sandbach Road Junction and the A54 Holmes Chapel Road classified road;

(iii)       a new roundabout on the A54 Holmes Chapel Road classified road to the east of Holmes Chapel (“the Holmes Chapel Road Junction”);

(iv)       a new road between the Holmes Chapel Road Junction and a new roundabout junction to the north of Back Lane and to the north west of the Radnor Park Trading Estate (“the Radnor Park Junction”);

(v)        a new road between the Radnor Park Junction and a new roundabout junction to the north of Congleton Business Park providing a connection with the Congleton Business Park via a new link road (“the Congleton Business Park Junction”);

(vi)       a new road between the Congleton Business Park Junction and a new roundabout junction with the A34 Manchester Road classified road (“the Manchester Road Junction”); and

(vii)      a new road between the Manchester Road Junction and a new roundabout junction on the A536 Macclesfield Road classified road to the south of Eaton.

together referred to as “the classified road”;

(b)       the construction and improvement of highways to connect the classified road to the existing road system:

(i)         at Back lane; and

(ii)        at the Congleton Business Park by means of a new link road (known as “the Viking Way Link Road”), and

(iii)       the construction of other new highways and the improvement of existing highways in the vicinity of the route of the classified road,

all in pursuance of the Cheshire East Borough Council (A536 Congleton Link Road) (Classified Road) (Side Roads) Order 2016 (“the Side Roads Order”);

(c)        the provision of new means of access to premises in pursuance of the Side Roads Order;

(d)       the construction of works for the drainage of the classified road and the new and improved highways;

(e)       mitigating the adverse effect which the existence of the highways proposed to be constructed or improved will have on the surroundings thereof; and

(f)        the use by the acquiring authority in connection with the construction and improvement of highways, the provision of new means of access and the mitigation of adverse effects.

COPIES of the above-mentioned Orders and of the plans referred to therein have been deposited and may be seen at all reasonable hours free of charge at the offices of Cheshire East Borough Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ and at Congleton Library, Market Square, Congleton CW12 1ET.

COPIES of any proofs of evidence, sent to or by the promoting authority, are also available for inspection at both addresses given above from 25 April 2017.

PROCEEDINGS on the above-mentioned Orders are being taken concurrently by virtue of Section 257 of the Highways Act 1980.

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRANSPORT hereby directs that any person who intends to submit at the Inquiries that any highway or proposed highway to which the Orders, or either of them, relate should follow an alternative route, or that, instead of improving, diverting or altering a highway to which the Orders, or either of them, relate, a new highway should be constructed on a particular route, shall send to him at Department for Transport, National Transport Casework Team, Tyneside House, Skinnerburn Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7AR, not later than 25 April 2017, sufficient information about the alternative route or the route of the new highway, as the case may be, to enable it to be identified. Failure to comply with this direction will entitle the Secretary of State and the person holding the Inquiries to disregard so much of any objection as consists of such a submission.

National Transport Casework Team
Department for Transport
Tyneside House
Skinnerburn Road
Newcastle Business Park
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 7AR

Ref: NATTRAN/NW/LAO/122

Gary Patrick
On behalf of the Department for Transport
2 March 2017

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