Transport and Highways

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What transport improvements will the development bring forward?

A: By South Norfolk District Council as of July 2017

The Council is seeking to ensure all appropriate infrastructure is provided. This includes a bypass, a link road between the A140 and Swan Lane and other appropriate highway improvements to the existing roads in Long Stratton to be agreed. These will include seeking to avoid vehicular access through the town.

Q: Where is this link road being placed from A140 linking in to Swan Lane? Surely we will be simply losing the noise/fumes etc we have now to be replaced in a different and possibly CLOSER direction?

A: As of August by Norfolk Homes Ltd
Detailed plans to soon be publicised….but link to be proposed on Swan Lane just to the west Saffron premise/opposite Mayfield retirement home.

Q: The 1800 new properties will probably include an additional 2000+ cars. For much of the day the available parking in the village centre barely copes with the existing population. Most people in the new housing locations – which are further out – are unlikely to walk in and carry their shopping home. Has any consideration been given to such matters as the need for additional parking associated with this growth?

A: by South Norfolk District Council as of September 2017

A: How residents from the new development access the existing village is a key consideration for the development coming forward. Under the Long Stratton Area Action Plan the Council has identified the requirement for any new development to maximise the pedestrian and cycle links between the land to the east of Long Stratton and The Street/Ipswich Road, and that the development maximises the opportunities for efficient and effective public transport services. The developers, Norfolk Homes and Norfolk Land, are currently developing their plans and will need to demonstrate how these issues will be addressed.

 

Q:What is being done to alleviate the rush hour jams that already happen between Long Stratton and Norwich? With the extra traffic the extra homes will bring the jams will only get worse without making improvements to the A140 north of Long Stratton?

A: By Cannon Consulting Ltd as of September 2017

The development of 1,800 dwellings at Long Stratton was allocated in the Joint Core Strategy and is linked to the delivery of a bypass for Long Stratton.  This has been further endorsed in the adopted Long Stratton Area Action Plan.  In so doing the Local Authorities have accepted that capacity and impact on the A140 are acceptable in principle and can be mitigated at key locations.  Provision in the Policies was made for such improvement that also deals with existing conditions as well as to support the need for growth. 

 

It is recognised that Long Stratton is in itself a key issue for users of the A140.  The provision of a bypass will unlock the single main cause of delay, congestion and its associated environmental effects on the route of the A140.  The reason development is necessary to assist with the delivery of a bypass is linked to the enabling funding that such development will provide.  The scale of development at Long Stratton was carefully considered by the Authorities at the time of the JCS in 2010 to balance the impact with the necessary provision of the bypass.  It is recognised that there will be a need for development generated traffic to use the A140 travelling north and south of Long Stratton. 

 

In terms of solutions, at a local level the design of the bypass is proposed with connections and junctions so that new development can make use of the new road and not simply replace the traffic removed from the centre of Long Stratton by the bypass.  Similarly, the traffic impact of development generated trips at key junctions, such as the Hempnall Crossroads and A140/A47 interchange. 

 

The JCS has already identified the need for improvement at these locations and this will be based on an understanding of the impacts and appropriate solutions necessary to deal with the effects of increased traffic.  This will extend to other junctions on the route of the A140 in consultation with the Local Authorities.

 

Q: The car parks by the Co-op and South Norfolk Shopping Centre are already struggling to cope with the amount of people wanting/needing to use them, what will be done to help people park for shopping as currently I can only see it getting worse?

A: By South Norfolk District Council September 2017

This question is the same as the question already answered below, here is the previous question and our answer for ease of reference:

“Q: The 1800 new properties will probably include an additional 2000+ cars. For much of the day the available parking in the village centre barely copes with the existing population. Most people in the new housing locations – which are further out – are unlikely to walk in and carry their shopping home. Has any consideration been given to such matters as the need for additional parking associated with this growth?

A: How residents from the new development access the existing village is a key consideration for the development coming forward. Under the Long Stratton Area Action Plan the Council has identified the requirement for any new development to maximise the pedestrian and cycle links between the land to the east of Long Stratton and The Street/Ipswich Road, and that the development maximises the opportunities for efficient and effective public transport services. The developers, Norfolk Homes and Norfolk Land, are currently developing their plans and will need to demonstrate how these issues will be addressed.”

 

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