Green light for A120 Little Hadham Bypass
Published: 19 Oct 2018
Hertfordshire County Council’s plans for the A120 Little Hadham Bypass move a step closer following public inquiry.
Hertfordshire County Council and the Environment Agency have worked in partnership to develop the A120 Little Hadham Bypass and Flood Alleviation Scheme. As part of the planned bypass, new road embankments along the River Ash and Albury Tributary will act as flood defence to reduce the flood risk to the village.
Planning permission for the scheme, which will alleviate traffic congestion from The Ash traffic lights in Little Hadham, provide more reliable journey times and reduce flood risk, was previously granted in January 2017.
The Bypass and Flood Alleviation scheme orders received positive decisions from Government following an inquiry held in July regarding changes to existing roads and public rights of way.
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs ruled that the compulsory purchase order to secure the land needed to build the flood alleviation scheme is justified and that ‘a fair balance has been struck between public interest and the interests of objectors’.
The Secretary of State for Transport also outlined that ‘there are no compelling reasons brought forward which would justify not confirming the Orders’ and decided to confirm the Orders.
Phil Bibby, Executive Member for Highways and Environment, said: “This is a positive step towards the delivery of this significant transport project in Hertfordshire. With traffic on the county’s roads predicted to increase up to 20% over the next 15 years, we need to invest in highway schemes like this to improve our road network and support the growth that’s planned for the county.
“By removing the A120 from this historic village we will also reduce delays to users of the route and jointly provide flood alleviation to benefiting residents.”
Darsha Gill, Flood & Coastal Risk Management Area Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “We are pleased to be delivering this scheme in collaboration with Hertfordshire County Council. This is a positive step forward for the residents for Little Hadham.”
Hertfordshire County Council and the Environment Agency continue to work with landowners to secure the land by agreement. Construction works are due to start in Spring 2019.
More information can be found on the project’s website www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/a120bypass Information relating to the granted planning permission can be found on the Hertfordshire Planning Portal by searching for application reference PL\0744\15.