Dualling A303 given formal go ahead
Today, the application for the A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling has been given development consent. The formal consent was issued by the Secretary of State for Transport. The Order grants development consent for a continuous dual carriageway on the A303. This will run from the Podimore Roundabout and the Sparkford Bypass.
Currently mostly a single carriageway road, it bypasses the villages of West Camel and Queen Camel. Locally there has been a lot of concern about traffic routes while the new work is carried out.
This has been a long drawn out process. The application was submitted via the Planning Inspectorate for consideration by Highways England on 27 July 2018. Statutory Consultees and Interested Parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority. An initial recommendation was made to the Secretary of State on 12 September 2019. The Secretary of State then extended the deadline for the decision to 29 January 2021. That allowed full consideration of the responses to the consultation.