Forder Valley £13.8m link road plan which could lead to 3,000 new houses to be considered by cabinet
A £13.8 million plan to build a new link road – unlocking the potential for nearly 3,000 new homes and 8,000 new jobs in Plymouth – could get a major boost next Tuesday.
The Forder Valley Link Road project is among nine of the city's most urgently-needed transport schemes on a £51million shortlist which will be considered by the city council's Cabinet.
Members are recommended to put the projects forward to be considered for funding between 2015-2019 and back the preparation of the required supporting business cases by March next year.
A report to go before the Cabinet says the Forder Valley scheme is a "critical strategic requirement to enable the sustainable delivery of planned developments at Derriford".
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It says the project would reduce pressure on the busy A38/A386 Tavistock Road junction at Manadon – described as 'one of the key congestion hot spots' in Plymouth – while providing an essential cross-city link between Derriford and the planned new community at Sherford and employment developments at Langage.
Other key projects on the shortlist of priority schemes seeking funding from a £40million cash pot from the Department for Transport – and which could be started in within three years – include a £9.8million congestion-busting plan to convert Derriford Roundabout into a traffic signal-controlled junction; a similar £5.5million proposal for Cattedown Roundabout; and a £3.2million improvement for Union Street between the Octagon and Derry's Cross to help the redevelopment of the Pavilions, Millbay and West End areas of the city centre.
Six of the priority schemes are on Plymouth's so-called Northern Corridor, which the report says is one of the city's strategic routes for public and private transport and is used by 30,000 vehicles a day.
The dossier says that extensive planned development – including the 873 new homes proposed for farmland at Seaton – means that travel demands would grow significantly and that significant investment in transport provision is required.
The report says: "Significant growth is proposed on both the Northern and Eastern corridors over the next 15 years, and improvement to the transport infrastructure is required to enable developments to come forward. The schemes will help create the conditions for investment in quality homes, jobs and infrastructure."
It says four schemes – the Forder Valley Link Road and widening, Derriford Roundabout and Marjon Link Road – will support the delivery of 3,000 new homes and 8,000 new jobs within the Derriford and Seaton area.
The report adds that the projects need to be delivered by 2019, but says not all will receive the necessary funding. However it points out: "The preparation of business cases for those that are not successful will put Plymouth in a good position for bidding for any future funding opportunities that will come along."