Consultants appointed for Axminster relief road

PUBLISHED: 07:01 01 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:27 03 July 2018

A north-south bypass will reduce the number of lorries passing through Axminster town centre. Ref mha 3839-17-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A north-south bypass will reduce the number of lorries passing through Axminster town centre. Ref mha 3839-17-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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A masterplan is being drawn up to deliver the long-awaited north-south bypass

Moves to start work on Axminster’s long-campaigned for north south relief road are stepping up a gear.

East Devon District Council has appointed consultants to produce a masterplan for the bypass and the associated development following its successful bid for £10 million government funding towards the project.

Residents are being invited to view the work undertaken so far at Axminster Heritage Centre on Wednesday (July 11).

At the consultation event there will be a workshop for key stakeholders in the morning followed by a public drop-in from 2pm to 7pm.

The masterplan consultants - HYAS Associates Ltd - are working with Persimmon Homes and the Crown Estate, who control the majority of the allocated site, to produce a masterplan that shows how the relief road will be delivered including covering the remaining cost of the road which is estimated to be £16.7 million in total.

One of the main challenges will be enabling the delivery of the relief road alongside the homes, primary school, employment space, community facilities, and open space required in the Local Plan for East Devon.

The masterplan will also detail how these various uses are distributed across the site and how key vehicle and pedestrian routes ensure that the development is integrated with the existing town.

The council hopes for a big turnout at the consultation and wants reidents to provide important local knowledge, information and views on the approach to the development.

Afterwards the consultants will consider residents’ input to produce a draft masterplan with a further public consultation in early September.

Cllr Ian Hall, EDDC’s ward member for Axminster Rural and the town’s county councillor, said: “The relief road is the keystone to unlocking a great future for Axminster and will well and truly put the town on the map. It is great to see these proposals for the road and the development to the east of the town progressing.”

Cllr Hall said the scheme would provide high quality homes and jobs as well as the relief road that will reduce congestion and air pollution in the town.

He added: “I urge residents of the town to come to the consultation event and let us know what you think.”

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