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Representation 7812 on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) by Dr Ian Russell

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - Vision & Objectives
Representation: We disagree that the development of proposals for a Sudbury Western Relief Road project can support the objectives set out in the plan. We propose the development of a Sudbury Area Roads Plan including a bridge near Great Cornard to take away all HGVs and other traffic passing through the town to Ballingdon Bridge.
Complies with the duty to Co-operate?Yes

Original submission

We agree with the following objectives:

- To contribute to the delivery of the vision and priority areas the New Joint Local Plan will set out an ambitious yet sustainable growth agenda which will prioritise the infrastructure investment required ...

- To encourage inward investment ...

- To enable provision of the necessary infrastructure to support residents, businesses, communities, the environment and individuals"

- To prioritise investment in strategic services and infrastructure, improving connectivity and service provision

- To work with the communities of Sudbury in the development of a vision and strategy for both towns"

BUT we disagree that the development of proposals for a Sudbury Western Relief Road project can support the objectives set out in the plan..

We propose the development of a Sudbury Area Roads Plan including a bridge near Great Cornard to take away all HGVs and other traffic passing through the town to Ballingdon Bridge.


Consultation Questions:

Q 1. What do you think the vision should be?
The historic town of Sudbury revitalised at the heart of prosperous community to the east and the Stour Valley area of natural beauty to the south and west.

Q 2. Do you agree with the identified objectives? Please explain reasoning.
Yes and no. A Sudbury Road project to realise this Q 1 vision must replace the Sudbury Western Relief Road project. Its aims are to take all HGVa and as many other vehicles as possible away from the town centre. The main elements of this proposal, subject to the recommendations of highway engineers charged with planning roads for the Sudbury area, are :

- a "designer" bridge over the railway and Stour south of Great Cornard.
- a road from the A134 Sudbury to the bridge (e.g. an extension of Shawlands Avenue)
- and/or a road linking the bridge to Valley Road to Great Waldingfield at its junction with the A134 and a new road to future developments beyond Chilton Woods
- a road from the bridge to the A131 near Bulmer Tye.
- a road from the bridge to the A1071 at its junction with the A134 to connect Ipswich and Hadleigh in South Suffolk to Halstead and Braintree in North Essex.

Q 3. Are there other objectives which should be added?
- Sudbury town centre to be a pedestrian area, as proposed by Mouchel in 2002.
- Extension of the Stour Valley AONB to Foxearth and beyond.

Q 4. What should be a priority across the Sudbury area?
- To attract business and investment.

Q 5. What is most important for Sudbury?
- A clear infrasture plan and a bold objective as the basis for a revival of the town.

Note
The attachment sets out the need for an alternative to the Sudbury Western Relief Road. To support the case it proposes an update to the 1970s plan for a bridge at Great Cornard and adoption of Mouchel 2002 proposal to make the centre of Sudbury a pedestrian area. It recommends that planners and highway engineers outline a Sudbury Area Roads Plan as a matter of urgency.

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