March 7 2015 Latest news:
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The long-awaited Long Stratton bypass is “closer than it has ever been” because of new funding which could unlock the road, a council leader has claimed.
John Fuller, leader of South Norfolk Council, said a vital step to bring in the cash needed to build the road would come when developers of new homes have to pay what is known as the community infrastructure levy (CIL).
That is money which developers of new homes and businesses will have to pay, which will then be pooled and can be used on infrastructure projects and will partially replace the old section-106 contribution system.
Mr Fuller said: “A key milestone is the introduction of the community infrastructure levy.
“Houses that would not normally have led to section 106 payments will contribute to the pot to pay for infrastructure across the whole area.
“That will provide a fighting fund, together with government money from the City Deal to provide a degree of financial certainty for the bypass. That’s a big step forward.
“With the finance underpinning, then that means the bypass is closer than it has ever been.”
Long Stratton has been earmarked for 1,800 homes in the joint core strategy – a blueprint for where homes and jobs should be created - and it is money from those developments which could help bankroll the bypass.
Last year, the council’s cabinet outlined options on where those homes should be – including whether there should be 1,200 homes to the east of the village, and 600 homes to the north west or whether the full 1,800 homes should be built on the eastern site within the bypass.
Two other options – one for about 1,000 new homes to the east, 600 to the north-west and 200 to the south-west and another for 1,800 new homes to the east of Long Stratton and 600 to the north-west – have also been consulted on.
Late next month, the council will consider which of those four should go forward as preferred options and the exact bypass route, whether east or west of Long Stratton, is still not clear.
Mr Fuller said the preferred option plumped upon would determine the length of the bypass and the cost. Previous estimated have placed a tag of £20m on the road.
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