The statutory public consultation for our proposed M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme is live

M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme

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The statutory public consultation for our proposed M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme is now live. Our consultation runs for 10 weeks from 12.01am on 8 December 2021 until 11.59pm on Tuesday 15 February 2022.

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. Your feedback will be used to help us refine our final scheme design, before preparing our Development Consent Order (DCO) application.

View our detailed proposals and find out more about our consultation events on our dedicated consultation website. In addition, you can also visit our dedicated portal to view visualisations and an animation of the scheme and complete our survey online.

Have your say

This is your opportunity to give your feedback. We will consider all the comments we receive during the statutory consultation as we develop our proposals further. You can provide feedback to us in a number of ways:

  • Completing our online feedback survey
  • Attending one of our face-to-face consultation events, where you can meet our project team, ask questions and complete a paper copy of our feedback survey.
  • Participating in one of our virtual consultation events , where you can hear from our project team and ask questions.

Paper copies of our feedback survey are available from Cheltenham Library and Tewkesbury Library or can be requested by emailing M5Junction10@atkinsglobal.com. Completed paper copies should be returned to:

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Statutory public consultation events

One of the best ways to find out more about our proposals and have your say is to join one of our face-to-face or virtual statutory public consultation events. Hosted by members of our project team, there will be the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. You may be able find the answer to your questions by viewing the latest copy of our FAQs.

Find out more about the locations, dates and times of our consultation events.

Further information and help

All the information about our consultation is available online through our dedicated consultation website. However if you require a paper copy or an accessible format of any of our consultation documents, or if you have any further questions, please email m5junction10@atkinsglobal.com or call 01454 667900 and leave a message. Please note that due to its size, a charge may apply for a paper copy of our Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR).

For assistance completing our survey over the phone, call Gloucestershire County Council Customer Services on 01452 426256 (Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm, excluding bank holidays).

It is important that you submit your response by 11.59pm on Tuesday 15 February 2022. Responses received after this time may not be considered.

Responses received as part of the consultation will be anonymised, stored, and handled in accordance with Gloucestershire County Council’s Data Protection Policy. For more information visit our Information Management and Security Policies webpage. To view the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme Development Consent Order (DCO) Planning Consultation Privacy Notice and further information about your rights under the Data Protection Act 2018 please view our Highways Privacy Notices.

Our proposals

To help you provide comments on our proposals as part of this consultation, we have split our scheme into several elements:

  • Improvements to Junction 10
  • West Cheltenham Link Road
  • A4019 Tewkesbury Road widening

You can view the detailed proposals on all three of these elements, including images, in our consultation brochure. You can also watch our interactive visualisation of the scheme and our animation.

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 in their Birmingham to Exeter Route Strategy that improvements to M5 Junction 10 are a critical requirement to maintain the safe and efficient operation of the M5 corridor, whilst enabling planned development and economic growth around Cheltenham, Gloucester, and Tewkesbury.

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 are asking you for further feedback on our detailed proposals as part of our statutory public consultation. This will be used to shape our final design, 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

We will continue to work closely with National Highways so that the construction of this much-needed improvements scheme works for all road users. It is currently anticipated that the improvements will be completed in 2025.

All updates, including progress of our scheme, will be provided on this webpage. You can also follow us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts or sign up for email alerts using the link on the right of this page.

 

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