Public show their support for proposed M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme
Following its statutory public consultation for proposed improvements to M5 Junction 10, Gloucestershire County Council has published a summary report of the main findings.
The ten-week consultation took place from 8 December 2021 – 15 February 2022. 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 local community and other stakeholders were invited to share their views on the most recent proposals for the scheme via a feedback survey. A total of 579 survey responses were received during the consultation period. The council also ran a series of face-to-face and virtual consultation events, where the project team presented the proposed scheme designs and answered questions from attendees.
The key findings from the consultation are:
- 74% of survey respondents strongly agree or agree with the proposed improvements to M5 Junction 10. This is consistent with the results from the non-statutory consultation held in winter 2020.
- 76% of respondents agree or strongly agree with the proposal for an all-movements signalised junction at M5 Junction 10.
- 65% of respondents agree or strongly agree with the proposal for a new road linking Junction 10 to West Cheltenham.
- 58% of respondents want Withybridge Lane to remain open to traffic.
- Over 60% of respondents support the proposed improvements along the A4019 Tewkesbury Road.
- 62% of respondents agree or strongly agree with the proposed approach to improve the environmental impacts of the scheme.
Councillor David Gray, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “The scheme is a significant investment which will deliver numerous economic, environmental and transport improvements. We had a great response to our statutory consultation and are delighted that 74% of respondents agree with our proposals. We would like to thank everyone who completed our survey and participated in our events.
“In order to ensure we meet the current and future needs of local residents, businesses and commuters, it is critical that we listen to your views. The feedback we have received will help shape our design to better reflect the needs of our stakeholders. We will continue to share updates as the project progresses.”
The survey results and feedback received are currently being reviewed in more detail. Further environmental information is also being gathered to develop a full Environmental Statement. A detailed statutory consultation report will be published in summer 2022. This will demonstrate how the consultation feedback has been used to inform and shape the final design proposals.
This will be followed by an application to the Planning Inspectorate at central government for a permission to build, also known as a Development Consent Order (DCO). The Planning Inspectorate will consider the application and, if they approve it, make a recommendation to the Secretary of State under Section 37 of the Planning Act 2008 to seek authorisation to build the scheme.
To view the consultation summary report and for the latest information about the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme, go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk where you can also sign up for email updates.
New housing and employment sites are proposed for development close to M5 Junction 10, including the West and North-West Cheltenham developments. To unlock these housing and job opportunities, we need to ensure that there is sufficient highway capacity to accommodate the increased motorised and non-motorised traffic these will generate.
Several of Gloucestershire County Council’s policy documents have identified improvements to M5 Junction 10 as a key component for delivering new housing and improvements sites for development to the west of Cheltenham.
An all-movements junction has been identified as a key infrastructure requirement needed to enable the housing and economic development proposed by the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership's Strategic Economic Plan www.gfirstlep.com/about-us/our-vision/strategic-economic-plan and is central to the transport network sought by the council in our adopted Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/transport/gloucestershires-local-transport-plan-2015-2031
The planned housing and economic growth have been included by Cheltenham Borough, Tewkesbury Borough and Gloucester City Councils in the adopted Joint Core Strategy. More information can be found at www.jointcorestrategy.org
This scheme is categorised as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project under the Planning Act 2008. As such, we are required to make an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to obtain planning permission to construct the scheme rather than the traditional route of applying for planning permission, under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, from the local planning authorities. More information on this process can be found at http://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/
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. 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.