Highways Agency happy with plans for 150 new homes in Oswestry
Highways England says it is happy that plans for 150 homes in Oswestry can go ahead - but only after improvements are made to the Mile End roundabout on the town's bypass.
The agency, responsible for the strategic roads network, has been in discussion with developers over the proposals since a planning application was made in January.
A report from the agency to Shropshire Council said mitigation work is needed at the Mile End Roundabout.
"We are now able to confirm that the information is now sufficient to consider the transport implications of the development upon the A5 Trunk Road," divisional director, Catherine Brookes, said.
"This includes widening the A483 northbound approach at the junction."
The report says that, in parallel to the development of the applicant’s scheme package Highways England has been working with Shropshire Council to explore further opportunities for funding for a more substantial improvement of the affected junction in this location.
"Highways England has sought to recommend an approach to planning conditions that will allow either eventuality to be easily adopted as may be appropriate at the time the applicant comes to discharge planning conditions."
Conditions Highways England are calling for include that the development should not be occupied until a scheme of highways improvement works to the A5/A483 Mile End Roundabout had been fully constructed to ensure the safe and free flow of traffic on the A5, part of the Strategic Road Network.
It is also decreeing that no development should be started until a construction traffic management plan has been submitted to and approved in writing, by the local planning authority following consultation with the highways authority for the A5 trunk road.