Lake Lothing Third Crossing

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Lake Lothing Third Crossing

Received 21 September 2018
From Waveney District Council and Suffolk County Council


This is a joint representation on behalf of Waveney District Council and Suffolk County Council as statutory consultees and host authorities.

2. The proposed third crossing is very much supported and welcomed. However, drawing on the consultee responses there are some matters that require further resolution/inclusion within the Development Consent Order (DCO) application as follows:
1) Highways
a) Several minor traffic modelling issues have been identified that need to be addressed prior to granting the DCO. While these issues are not considered to significantly affect overall impact of the scheme they may influence capacity or delays at individual roads and junctions. Officers will work with the applicant to resolve these prior to and during the examination.
b) Further detailed resolution is required on road safety issues at a small number of junctions. These are capable of resolution during the course of the Examination.
c) Attention is drawn to the inflexibility of the DCO process to allow changes to agreed plans after consent is issued. This would make later alterations to such items as parking restrictions difficult although it is accepted that the applicant has undertaken consultation with stakeholders and that revisions can be made during the examination which reduces this risk. Officers will work with the applicant to ensure details are as accurate as possible before the conclusion of the Examination.
d) The impact of construction traffic will require further consideration as additional information becomes available and this will need to be dealt with within the final version of the Code of Construction Practise.

2) Archaeology
a. the Environmental Statement should have made clear that further archaeological work will be required;
b. the DCO should make clear that an archaeological strategy should be in place before works commence;
c. the Code of Construction Practice should mention archaeology;

3) Ecology
a) greater clarity on the role of ecology should be included in the DCO or its supporting documents and enhancements should be planned, agreed and implemented;
4) Landscape
a) with regard to the northern approach to the bridge, a public realm strategy there is not likely to be appropriate, However, there should be the inclusion of a sustainable drainage, biodiversity and visual amenity driven scheme along the lines of that associated with Tom Crisp Way for the northern landing of the bridge;
5) Air Quality
a) It is not clear (and how) congestion and queuing at junctions has been accounted for within the modelling. There is a risk therefore that concentrations and impacts will be under-predicted at receptors closest to junctions and the assessment would benefit from greater analysis of those receptors where the highest concentrations and greatest impacts are predicted.
b) Further consideration should be given to the full list of mitigation measures described by the IAQM relating to High risk construction sites and these measures should be included in the final Code of Construction Practise or the Air Quality Management Plan to be adopted for the scheme.

6) Design
a) The local authorities should continue working with the applicant and contractor on the Design Guidance Manual to achieve a high quality design for the scheme.

7) Floods and Water
a) Further consideration should be given to the treatment of surface water prior to discharge into Lake Lothing.
b) Non-return valves are specified on the outfalls. Consideration should be given to the storage required when the system is fluvially or tidally locked as well as the implications of operations of the proposed new tidal barrier.

8) Contaminated Land
a) The local authorities will need to continue to work with the applicant in the development of the Code of Construction Practise in respect of the development of procedures for any issues arising on contaminated land.
9) If planning permission is granted, a full review of eligibility for further sound insulation under the NIR must be must be completed to protect the future amenity of the most affected residential receptors.

In addition, it should be made clear on the face of the DCO that, where appropriate, the discharge of requirements should only take place after consultation with Waveney District Council.

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