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Newark Town Council to consider position on A46 Newark Bypass plans now Development Consent Order has been accepted by government

Tonight an extraordinary Newark Town Council meeting will take place where the planning committee will consider its position on plans for the A46 Newark Bypass.

The committee will come together to formulate a response after an application for a Development Consent Order was accepted regarding the A46 plans.

The plans to widen and restructure the heavily-congested section of the A46 north of Newark, between Farndon and Winthorpe, were submitted to government by National Highways for review in April this year.

The A46 Cattlemarket junction at Newark.
The A46 Cattlemarket junction at Newark.

The £500m scheme aims to ease the traffic problems in the area and which regularly sees slowed or queuing traffic at peak times.

The plans were accepted for a full examination in May by the government Planning Inspectorate which will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport later this year

During this time submissions may be made by other authorities and individuals offering support or objection to the project.

In 2022 Newark Town Council’s planning committee was asked to give its opinion on the plans during the consultation phase.

At the time, current committee chairman, Lisa Geary, claimed that there were no benefits to the dualling, other than lorry drivers shaving ten minutes from their journeys, which was outweighed by the environmental impact and visual pollution.

In 2023 the committee eventually backed the plans despite initial objections.

Now, they will once again be asked to consider their position as the plans for this ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project’ are being discussed by government.

The scheme has the strong backing of both Nottinghamshire County Councila and Lincolnshire County Council.

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