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Agenda item

York Outer Ring Road (YORR) – Phase 1 Dualling – Evaluation of the Consultation Process and Resolution to Submit a Planning Application

The Director of Planning, Transport & Environment to present a report which provides details of the evaluation of the consultation process carried out last autumn on the proposed YORR Phase 1 dualling scheme, recommends modifications to the scheme, and seeks approval to submit a planning application based on the revised scheme design.

Decision:

Resolved:  (i)      That the general progress on the YORR Phase 1 Dualling Scheme be noted.

 

                   (ii)      That the outcome of the public engagement process be approved.

 

Reason:     To confirm that Members have been informed of the decisions set out in the report, and for consideration in future decision-making.

 

                   (iii)     That the proposed revisions shown in Annex B to the report be accepted, and that the design changes listed below be approved to be taken forward in a planning application:

a)   The provision of pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities at the     junction of Wigginton Road with the A1237 to improve safety and access for active travel around the roundabout and to link into local services and amenities located north east of the intersection.

b)   The provision of a safeguarded route for a future 1.1km length of orbital pedestrian/cycle route from Strensall Road junction to Monks Cross roundabout.

c)   Diversion of Bridleway no. 4 at Huntington and provision of a Pegasus Crossing at Monks Cross junction.

d)   Design and development amendments regarding noise and environmental mitigation. (These modifications to the consulted scheme have been made as a matter of course since the engagement process).

e)   Realignment of dualling from land to the north of the existing carriageway to the south side extending in a north westerly direction from Little Hopgrove roundabout for approximately 750m.

 

Reason:     To enable a design freeze so that the scheme can be finalised in order to maintain programme and progress to the next stage.

 

                   (iv)    That approval be given for the project team to submit a planning application based on the revised scheme attached at Annex B, and that authority be delegated to the Director of Transport, Environment and Planning to agree any minor amendments that may be required to the design which have a minimum cost impact, noting in particular the flexibility available regarding the position of the Wigginton Road crossing facilities, as highlighted at the meeting.

 

Reason:     To enable submission of the planning application, in order to seek planning approval and maintain progress on the programme.

Minutes:

The Director of Environment, Transport & Planning and the Major Transport Projects Manager presented a report which provided details of the evaluation of the consultation process carried out last autumn on the proposed YORR Phase 1 dualling scheme, recommended modifications to the scheme, and sought approval to submit a planning application based on the revised scheme design.

 

The consultation had resulted in over 3,500 comments from residents and stakeholders. 79% supported the scheme proposals, but concerns had been expressed about facilities for pedestrians and cyclists in some locations, as well as the noise and environmental impacts of the scheme.  The full report on the consultation process was attached as Annex A.  Proposed revisions to the scheme as a result of the consultation analysis were shown in the plans at Annex B.

 

In presenting the report, officers highlighted that 90% of the scheme funding was external and would have had to be returned had a business case not been brought forward.  In response to issues raised under Public Participation, they confirmed that:

·        A number of these matters were addressed in the report, including the safe layout of controlled crossings, carbon emissions (paragraphs 50-51) and cycle infrastructure design (paragraph 35); the latter would go through a detailed design process.

·        44% of respondents to consultation thought that the route and crossings would encourage active travel.

·        Pegasus crossings would be provided at the North Lane / Malton Road bridle path; officers had also offered to liaise with Mrs Marchi on a controlled crossing.

·        The comments regarding the effect of the scheme on overall congestion were beyond the scope of this report.

·        Officers had tried to address the late notice highlighted by Cllr Doughty and had visited the residents concerned.

·        There was flexibility regarding the location of the crossing on Wigginton Road.

·        The issue of journey times had been addressed in previous reports.

 

Resolved:  (i)      That the general progress on the YORR Phase 1 Dualling Scheme be noted.

 

                   (ii)      That the outcome of the public engagement process be approved.

 

Reason:     To confirm that Members have been informed of the decisions set out in the report, and for consideration in future decision-making.

 

                   (iii)     That the proposed revisions shown in Annex B to the report be accepted, and that the design changes listed below be approved to be taken forward in a planning application:

a)   The provision of pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities at the     junction of Wigginton Road with the A1237 to improve safety and access for active travel around the roundabout and to link into local services and amenities located north east of the intersection.

b)   The provision of a safeguarded route for a future 1.1km length of orbital pedestrian/cycle route from Strensall Road junction to Monks Cross roundabout.

c)   Diversion of Bridleway no. 4 at Huntington and provision of a Pegasus Crossing at Monks Cross junction.

d)   Design and development amendments regarding noise and environmental mitigation. (These modifications to the consulted scheme have been made as a matter of course since the engagement process).

e)   Realignment of dualling from land to the north of the existing carriageway to the south side extending in a north westerly direction from Little Hopgrove roundabout for approximately 750m.

 

Reason:     To enable a design freeze so that the scheme can be finalised in order to maintain programme and progress to the next stage.

 

                   (iv)    That approval be given for the project team to submit a planning application based on the revised scheme attached at Annex B, and that authority be delegated to the Director of Transport, Environment and Planning to agree any minor amendments that may be required to the design which have a minimum cost impact, noting in particular the flexibility available regarding the position of the Wigginton Road crossing facilities, as highlighted at the meeting.

 

Reason:     To enable submission of the planning application, in order to seek planning approval and maintain progress on the programme.

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