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Shapps grants DCO for Lancashire dual carriageway

Words: Laura Edgar
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Highways England has been granted a development consent order (DCO) for a two-lane dual carriageway bypass of the A585 that will connect Windy Harbour junction to Skippool junction.

The development was considered under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime.

The development will see 4.85-kilometre dual carriageway bypass created. Four new junctions will connect the bypass with existing roads.

The scheme also comprises the de-trunking, traffic calming and implementation of safety measures
along sections of the existing A585 from the Skippool Bridge junction to Little Singleton junction. 

The area falls under the jurisdiction of Wyre Council and Fylde Borough Council.

The Planning Inspectorate, as the examining authority, considered the effects on the climate, cultural heritage, emissions, landscape, and transport and traffic.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps’s decision to grant the DCO was in line with the Planning Inspectorate’s recommendation.

He noted that there are no statutory or non-statutory designated sites of nature conservation importance within the order limits but, referring to the Environmental Impact Assessment, highlighted the presence of great crested newts 110 metres north of the development, barn owls within 300m, and bats and badgers along the proposed corridor.

Shapps agreed with the inspectorate that the environmental statement, in accordance with the National Networks National Policy Statement (NPSNN), “sets out any likely significant effects on designated sites, avoids significant harm to biodiversity interests and, where biodiversity benefits can be achieved, these have been incorporated as part of enhancement measures to be delivered in accordance with policy requirements”. 

He was satisfied that the development meets the requirements of the NPSNN on biodiversity.

Shapps also agreed that the environmental statement sets out how the proposal would take account of the projected impacts on climate change and that adaptation measures have been assessed. It sets out how and where such measures are proposed to be secured, while evidence is provided on the carbon impact of the project. He was satisfied with the examining authority’s conclusion that climate matters did not weigh against the order being made. 

The decision letter and all documents relating to the development can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website.

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