max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C


West Suffolk: New £18m relief road is waved through as development looms

21:17 06 January 2014

The new road would meet the A14 at Rougham

The new road would meet the A14 at Rougham

A new relief road that will pave the way for major development in a west Suffolk town has been waved through by councillors.


Plans for the eastern relief road in Bury St Edmunds, which will connect Skyliner Way in Moreton Hall to Junction 45 (Rougham) of the A14, were approved by St Edmundsbury Borough Council on Thursday.

The £18 million road has to be built before a 500-home development on Moreton Hall and an extension of the Suffolk Business Park can proceed.

The road will have five roundabouts serving different landmarks and will improve the slip roads at Junction 45, as well as adding a new car park to serve the existing Rougham Tower Hill Museum.

Speaking after the meeting, panel chairman Jim Thorndyke said: “The slip roads at the moment are far too short, and we wanted to make sure they were lengthened to make that junction much safer than it is now.

“Everybody said it’s a good idea. It’s going to open up the industrial places in that area and it will also ease things at the Sainsbury’s roundabout by taking a lot of industrial traffic away. That can be a nightmare at times.”

Taylor Wimpey, which is behind the new housing development, will provide some funding, although more is needed after an application for £4.9 million of local pinch point funding from central government was turned down.

The plans were passed with a lengthy list of conditions, including a three-year time limit for the road’s completion.

At the same meeting, an outline for major development of Bury towards Fornham All Saints, known as the north west masterplan, was also given approval.

The outline application includes a new link road between Mildenhall Road and Tut Hill, provision for hundreds of new homes as well as a village centre and primary school.

Howard Quayle, from Fornham All Saints Parish Council, said the council largely agrees with the proposals but has four points of concern.

These are that no more than 900 homes are built, that the new link road is completed as early as possible and that slightly more land is used as agricultural rather than green space and that houses are restricted to three storeys.



Could Broomhill Pool be on the brink of restoration?

Hopes of restoring Ipswich’s Broomhill Pool have today received a huge boost with the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has made an interim award to the project.

All of the alleged sexual assaults happened on buses in Suffolk.

More needs to be done to empower women in Suffolk to come forward about sexual assaults, a campaigner has said.

The number of complaints about Abellio Greater Anglia has risen.

The number of complaints handled by rail operator Abellio Greater Anglia increased by nearly 26% during the first three months of the current financial year according to new figures from the Office for Rail and Road (ORR).

Broomhill pool from the air

As hopes of restoring Ipswich’s lido to its former glory take a step forward today, we look back at the pool’s past.

The launch of 'Pigs Gone Wild' at Trinity Park.

A piggie parade that is set to draw many visitors to Ipswich and raise £100,000 for a hospice charity took off in style last night at a glittering launch event.

Needham Road in Stowmarket where the crash took place

An 81-year-old cyclist who sustained serious injuries following a collision in Stowmarket last week has died.

Pc Jason Lambourne

When Pc Jason Lambourne isn’t working for Suffolk Constabulary, he dons another emergency services uniform for work as an extra in hit television shows and films, including the latest 007 movie.

Michael Scott, chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust . Photo: Steve Adams

A lack of beds and increased demand led to a four-fold increase in the cost of sending people with mental health problems outside of Norfolk and Suffolk in 2014/15.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is in attendance.

A woman has suffered a “potentially life-changing” head injury during a crash in Beccles.

Parish councillor Edwina Galloway (left) and Kayleigh Button with the defibrillator in the red phonebox in Kelsale-cum-Carlton

It may not serve its original purpose, but a village’s newest asset could one day answer the call to save lives.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages