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A417 Missing Link

Received 01 September 2021
From Lorcan Knox

Representation

I strongly oppose Option 30 for this scheme for the following reasons: ENVIRONMENT: The Climate Change Act commits the UK government by law to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 100% of 1990 levels (net zero) by 2050. The UK is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire climate action ahead of COP26. This development goes against everything the Government will be trying to promote at COP26. I believe option 30 is the worst possible route for the environment. Cutting down trees and destroying grassland when we have stated government policy to invest and plant more trees to reduce carbon dioxide is contradictory and in contravention to the 2015 Conservative manifesto. The proposed scheme will result in a net loss of wildlife habitat. At a time when the importance of nature and outdoor green spaces has become clearer and more precious than ever, it is essential that the scheme avoids increased impact on the most sensitive wildlife habitat. ANOB: The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The Government has a clear commitment to protecting ANOB’s and that “planning permission should be refused for major developments in these designated areas except in exceptional circumstances. ROAD HISTORY: The proposed route has been chosen to ensure traffic speed can be maintained at 70mph. I do not believe the extreme weather conditions that routinely affect the area during the winter have been taken into account and it is very likely that there will be many accidents due to the thick fog that routinely forms in this area. Heads of the Valleys Road construction have reduced the speed limit to 50mph from a previously agreed 70mph, with the clear environmental benefits. Option 12 would therefore be much better suited, keeping speeds in this very dangerous area down to 50mph. NATIONAL PARK STATUS. The Government have indicated that they are considering turning the Cotswolds, currently AONB, into a National Parks and the move would see them placed under more stringent planning regulations to protect landscapes across the area. This development would be a contradiction. NOISE. The impact of Option 30 on the village of Cowley has not been accessed properly. The recent Highways report ‘6.4 Environmental Statement Appendix 11.4 Assessment Locations and Noise Prediction Results’ does not even mention my property, which is one of the nearest properties in Cowley to the proposed route.