Delivery of Phase 1 of the A29 realignment scheme is dependent on land purchase and land being dedicated for highways use. Discussions with the developers of the scheme and Land Agent representatives are ongoing but there is always a possibility that agreement might not be reached, or only reached outside of the programme required by the County Council to meet its obligations under Local Enterprise Partnership funding and planning permission.
As a precaution, the County Council is undertaking preparation for initiating the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) process which would require the determination of land and rights to be acquired, land valuations, and negotiations direct with landowners. If objections are received to the CPO a Public Inquiry may be required.
It is necessary, therefore, to potentially allow the CPO process to begin, whilst WSCC continues to support and encourage a negotiated settlement route with the developers and landowners.
The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport will be asked to authorise the Director of Law and Assurance to proceed with the Compulsory Purchase Order process and any associated arrangements for the A29 Realignment Phase 1.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Divisions affected: Fontwell;
Notice of proposed decision first published: 11/10/2021
Decision due: December 2021 by Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport
Lead member: Councillor Joy Dennis firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Stephen Reed, Major Projects Officer Email: email@example.com Tel: 033 022 27328.
Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.
Director of Law and Assurance
Director of Finance and Support Services
Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052