M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme

Following our statutory public consultation for proposed improvements to M5 Junction 10, we have now published a summary report of the main findings. We had a great response and would like to thank everyone who completed our survey and participated in our events.

Our proposals

Our 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.

You can view the detailed proposals on all three of these elements, including images, in our consultation brochure.

Need for the scheme

New housing and employment sites are proposed for development close to Junction 10 on the M5, 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 and is central to the transport network sought by the council in our adopted Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan.

The planned housing and economic growth have been included by Cheltenham Borough, Tewkesbury Borough and Gloucester City Councils in the adopted Joint Core Strategy.

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. We will continue to work closely with National Highways so that the construction of this much-needed improvements scheme works for all road users.

Objectives of the scheme:

  • Support economic growth and facilitate growth in jobs and housing by providing improved transport network connections in West and North-West Cheltenham.
  • Enhance the transport network in the West and North-West of Cheltenham area with the resilience to meet current and future needs.
  • Improve the connectivity between the Strategic Road Network (SRN) and the local transport network in West and North-West Cheltenham.
  • Deliver a package of measures which is in keeping with the local environment, establishes biodiversity net gain and meets climate change requirements.
  • Provide safe access to services for the local community and including for users of sustainable transport modes within and to West and North-West Cheltenham.

Scheme background

In autumn 2020, we undertook an options consultation to hear your views and opinions on options for the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme. Overall, the options consultation demonstrated that the majority of participants (84%) agree that there is a clear need for the scheme. The preferred public option was Option 2, which involves upgrading the existing junction with a grade separated roundabout centred on the existing junction. On 16 June 2021, we published our preferred route announcement (PRA) stating that we were progressing with Option 2. For more information on our previous options consultation and preferred route announcement, please see the relevant documents in the Further Information section to the right.

Since we announced Option 2 as our preferred route, we’ve been working to refine the scheme. Our preferred scheme incorporates design changes which have been made as a result of public feedback received during the options consultation and further technical work that has progressed since late 2020. We believe that the design we have chosen to progress presents the best opportunity to deliver a scheme which meets the needs of its users and our local community, addresses the scheme objectives and delivers a return on investment.

From 8 December 2021 until 15 February 2022, we asked you for further feedback on our detailed proposals as part of our statutory public consultation. A total of 579 survey responses were received during the ten-week consultation period. More than 74% of survey respondents strongly agree or agree with the proposed improvements to M5 Junction 10.  This shows a high level of support for the scheme and is consistent with the results from our non-statutory consultation, held in winter 2020.

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, before we submit it as part of our Development Consent Order (DCO) application. This scheme is categorised as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. As such, we’re 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. Find out more about this process.

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 will be the subject of our forthcoming statutory public consultation.

Arle Court Transport Hub and Coombe Hill Junction

An upgrade to Arle Court Park and Ride (now referred to as Arle Court Transport Hub) and improvements at the A38/A4019 Coombe Hill Junction were also included as part of the package of improvements funded by Homes England. We have decided to take these elements forward separately in order accelerate their delivery. Find out more about the Arle Court Transport Hub proposals and the A38/A4019 Coombe Hill Junction proposals.  

Next steps

The consultation 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.

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