Agenda item

Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/21/5) seeking approval for Lee Mill Eastbound Off-Slip Improvements, attached.


An Impact Assessment is also attached for the attention of Members at this meeting and is also available on the Impact Assessment webpages.


(Councillors Connett and Hannaford attended remotely in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and spoke to this item).


The Cabinet considered the Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/21/5) on the Lee Mill East Bound Off-Slip Improvements, circulated prior to the meeting in accordance with regulation 7(4) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.


The evolution of Lee Mill had resulted in substantial development which was accessed off the Strategic Road Network (A38) from a junction layout which lacked a conventional full all-movement junction, in particular it utilised a road (Plymouth Road) with village features as the eastbound off-slip.  The Report sought approval to progress proposals for the provision of a new A38 eastbound off-slip at Lee Mill to the next stage of design and towards the submission of a planning application.  Initial design had been undertaken on a preferred option, which informed the proposals presented during a public consultation held between 17 November and 18 December 2020.  The consultation demonstrated strong support for the scheme. Details of the method of consultation, representation and feedback were presented in full in the Report.


Following the purchase of a key land parcel, it was proposed to construct a new A38 eastbound off-slip to the east of the existing slip road, which would connect vehicles exiting the A38 to the industrial estate and village, whilst avoiding unnecessary trips through Lee Mill Village.  Initial design work had been undertaken and an early annotated drawing was at Appendix 1 of the Report.  Further detailed design work would be required at a later date.


The new slip road would leave the elevated A38 and descend towards a new roundabout, providing a tie-in with the existing local road network.  The existing slip road would be stopped up, with access along Plymouth Road retained.  The impact of local public transport would need to be considered to ensure an adequate solution was found at the next stage of design as well as further design work and consultation with local stakeholders to identify a solution which enhanced cycle connectivity and safety at the location.


The alternative options included a link road which had been rejected due to the significant additional land take required and resultant environmental impact or to do nothing which meant the existing slip road via Plymouth Road would continue to be a constraint on the highway network and future planning could exacerbate existing issues such as air quality, noise and road safety.


An Impact Assessment had been attached to the agenda for the attention of Members at the meeting and was also available on the Impact Assessment webpages. This reported that the scheme would have a number of environmental, social and economic impacts.  Whilst the relocation of the eastbound off-slip would result in slightly longer journey lengths to Lee Mill village, the locality would benefit from reduced traffic noise and pollution and improved road safety on Plymouth Road.  In addition, the improved access to Lee Mill Industrial Estate would create improved employment opportunities and the potential for improved associated active travel elements which would be explored at the next stage of design.


The matter having been debated and the options and/or alternatives and other relevant factors (e.g. financial, sustainability (including carbon impact), risk management, equality and legal considerations and Public Health impact) set out in the Head of Service’s Report and/or referred to above having been considered:


it was MOVED by Councillor Davis, SECONDED by Councillor Hart, and




(a) that approval be given for the scheme to proceed towards outline design and securing planning consent; and


(b) that delegated authority be given to the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment, in consultation with the Local Member and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste, to make minor amendments to the scheme design.


(NB: The Impact Assessment referred to above may be viewed alongside Minutes of this meeting and may also be available on the Impact Assessment Webpages).

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