Article from kent.news.co.uk
M20 junction 10aMajor junction for motorway would be just 700m from existing junction on a £70 million new junction for the M20 motorway has gone out to consultation after clearing its latest planning hurdle.
The proposal is for a junction 10a at Ashford - just 700m east of the existing junction 10.
It is designed to help relieve the strain on the current junction and serve the major new developments being created around the town.
It will use two bridges and connect to the existing A20 and a new dual carriageway link road built to the A2070 near Sevington.
Now the plans have gone out to consultation following the acceptance of the application for a development consent order by the planning inspectorate.
The planning inspectorate is the government office which deals with all major infrastructure planning applications.
The estimated £70m cost of the project is being met by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and Highways England, with the remaining contributions to be funded by developers in due course.
Gerry Clarkson, leader of Ashford Borough Council, said: “The authority will be a consultee on this application but we welcome the news the application has progressed to the next stage. This is a nationally significant infrastructure project and one of the priority projects that we wish to see come forward.”
Damian Green, Conservative MP for Ashford, added: “The benefits of this will be to improve local infrastructure, ease the pressure on the existing junction 10 and unlock the opportunities for future job creation.”
Jo James, chief executive of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, which represents local businesses in the area said: “So much economic activity has been locked up while we waited for this project to come forward and with this announcement the brakes will finally come off these investments.”
Any representations to the application must be made on the planning inspectorate’s registration form, available online HERE
Paper copies of the form can be requested by calling 0303 444 5000. Representations must be received by the planning inspectorate by 11.59pm on October 3.
The development consent order application documents, which include the scheme design and consultation report, are available at:
Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm) and Highways England, Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LZ (Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm)