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Berwick St James Parish

Campaign for the Preservation of the Southern Till Valley

By Carolyn MacDougall Berwick St James Parish

Wednesday, 4 October 2017


Berwick St James Parish Community Contributor



   19 September 2017



THANK YOU:  Following the Government’s announcement last Tuesday outlining the preferred route  - details of   which we have circulated and can be found on www.highways.gov.uk/a303stonehengepra - CPSTV wishes to thank you for your invaluable contribution.   Not only in terms of raising the necessary funds to enable us to commission four professional associations to provide detailed reports, but also for taking the time to complete your responses following the consultation by Highways England (HE).   Many of you also contributed significantly with your in-depth knowledge of the area and habitat as well as research in many key areas.

We believe that the combined efforts and support from residents in the Southern Till Valley, members of CPSTV together with other local communities and concerned groups, played a pivotal role in the outcome. 

NEXT PUBLIC CONSULTATION:  Although we are relieved that the chosen bypass will run north of Winterbourne Stoke our job is far from over. 

There will be another opportunity to give your views on HE proposals before they submit them for development consent.  Their next consultation will be statutory.  The consultation will focus on details of the preferred route, as published last week, giving the public the opportunity to give feedback and highlight where more changes need to be made before HE can make their application for a Development Consent Order (DCO).  This application to the Planning Inspectorate is scheduled for late 2018.   If the application is accepted, there will be detailed examination of the proposed road scheme in which the public can participate.  The whole DCO process will run through until 2020 when the Secretary of State for Transport will make the recommendation and decision.   Work on site is scheduled to start 2021.

CPSTV COMMITMENT:  Once full details of the route are made public, our group’s next step will be to look at areas we believe we would want to mitigate with regard to the northern bypass.   For example, hydrology concerns arising from the Till viaduct crossing which could impact the southern Till valley; ensuring good access to Shrewton and the A303/A360 junction; landscaping and so on.  We will, of course, keep you fully informed.


Contact Information

Carolyn MacDougall

  • 01722 792761

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