Last chance to have your say on M5 Junction 10 proposals
Members of the public are being encouraged to have their say on proposed improvements to M5 Junction 10, before Gloucestershire County Council’s statutory consultation closes on Tuesday 15 February.
The proposals will see significant improvements to M5 Junction 10, a new road linking Junction 10 to West Cheltenham and widening of the A4019 Tewkesbury Road. The council has been running a statutory public consultation since 8 December 2021, in order to gather feedback to help refine its final scheme design. The consultation ends at 11.59pm on Tuesday 15 February.
Feedback on the proposals can be shared by completing the council’s online survey at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/J10, where the detailed proposals can also be viewed. Paper copies are available from Cheltenham Library and Tewkesbury Library or can be requested by emailing M5Junction10@atkinsglobal.com. For assistance in completing the survey, call 01452 426256 (Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm, excluding weekends & bank holidays).
Councillor David Gray, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “This is your last chance to take part in our statutory consultation and share your views on our proposals. We will consider all responses received and use them to inform our final design, before seeking planning permission for the scheme.
The improvements will unlock vital housing and employment land, providing a welcome boost to Gloucestershire’s economy. In addition, our proposals will improve journey times, provide enhanced sustainable travel options and reduce congestion. This will also contribute towards our commitment to decarbonise road and rail freight by 2045, as set out in our Local Transport Plan.”
Due to the scale and nature of the scheme, it has been categorised as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project under the Planning Act 2008. This means the council must submit an application for a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate, in order to obtain planning permission to construct the scheme.
The scheme will be funded through the council’s successful bid to the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), for £249m for the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme. Work has been ongoing since the funding announcement to produce a preferred layout, which is the subject of this statutory public consultation.
In addition, National Highways has also identified that significant growth planned for this area would require improvements to M5 Junction 10 to maintain the safe and efficient operation of the M5 corridor.
Hannah Sanderson, Programme Manager for National Highways, said: “We are delighted to see the proposed M5 Junction 10 improvements progressing and are encouraging everyone to have their say on the design. The scheme will help ease congestion and improve the gateway into the South West, while also unlocking wider economic benefits to both local communities and the region as a whole.
“As well as supporting the scheme, we are especially proud of the work undertaken by the wider team to make sure there is minimum disruption to the environment, landscape and wildlife, as well promoting sustainable travel.”
For more information about the statutory public consultation and to view the scheme proposals in more detail, visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/J10.