A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Road Improvement scheme

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A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Road Improvement scheme

Received 04 June 2021
From Brown & Co on behalf of Nicholas Wolstenholme

Representation

1. Our client and his family are the occupiers of [redacted]. Of the 98.32 ha included within their Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancy, 14.22 ha are identified for acquisition as part of the proposed A428 scheme, which sees our clients farm severed by the new road. The Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancy is held by Mr Nicholas Wolstenholme. 2. Our client notes the proposals on sheet 3 of the rights of way and access plans which impacts severely on the existing farm access arrangements. 3. Our client seeks confirmation that the current access drive including all existing planting and signage are to be reinstated to the same finish as is currently in place and that the drive is constructed of a sufficient standard, size and construction to ensure it is suitable for all machinery and deliveries associated with the farm. 4. Our client notes that in respect of plots 3/10j and 4/1g that new rights are to be provided and it is understood that these rights will extend to Network Rail and Highways England only for the purpose of undertaking inspections of the bridge and that this route will not be used for construction purposes. Our client is concerned over frequency of visits and future maintenance. 5. Our client is concerned that the proposed field entrance identified within private access no. 24 is of a sufficient standard to allow farm machinery to enter this field and provide adequate turning circles. 6. Our client is concerned about ensuring access to their retained land throughout the scheme. 7. Our client has concerns regarding the provision of appropriate fencing along highway boundaries and concerns there is effective maintenance of existing drainage schemes. 8. Our client is also concerned over land drainage provision and requests that these are installed at an early opportunity. 9. Our client is extremely concerned over the provision of utility diversions to ensure that their electricity and mains water supplies remain uninterrupted throughout the scheme. 10. Our client is concerned to ensure that the proposed underpass within plot 4/1e and served by plots 4.1g and 4/1d is of an adequate size and width to ensure that all modern farm machinery can pass uninterrupted through this underpass and that the surface within this area should be concrete. 11. Our client remains concerned over the proximity of the proposed type A laybys and the security of their holding. Whilst the bunding and planting is welcomed in the context of providing privacy, it is requested that these laybys are also close board fenced to ensure that no unauthorised access is taken from the laybys onto our clients holding.