A417 Missing Link

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A417 Missing Link

Received 01 September 2021
From Edward Williams

Representation

I strongly object to the option 30 route plan for the following reasons: The proposed option 30 route appears to contradict a fundamental criteria of the Governments National Planning Policy Framework for Environmental Objective I believe that there is able room and scope to improve and widen the majority of the existing road layout to accommodate a dual carriage way without tearing up unspoilt countryside, AONB’s, and historic landmarks. One of the implied benefits of option 30 is that the road will have a 70mph along its entirety rather than 50mph on Crickley Hill and the bend at the top. However, the Cotswold escarpment is subject to thick fog and sudden server weather events, this coupled with HGV’s which are legally restricted to 56mph and will probably be traveling at <30mph up the hill is an accident waiting to happen. Therefore, I feel that to pursue a design ideology that will destroy a large area of unspoilt countryside just to achieve a theoretical 70mph road is ill conceived and dangerous. I do not believe that Cowley village has been listened to or considered at all in this consultation process, on multiple occasions I have received conflicting information about how access into our village will be linked to the new road layout. The whole consultation process has been biased towards option 30 with disregard to the concerns of residents, environmentalists, The National Trust etc. (Ref National Trust 417 Consultation March 2018) I am naturally concerned about future road noise which can already be heard from the existing road. The noise survey that has been conducted was from Cowley Manor which is at the lowest and most sheltered part of the village, therefore I do not feel this will be reflective of the true impact on the majority of the village, especially for the residents that are much closer to the road and at a higher elevation. The road noise will have a large impact on property prices in the village which is currently unspoilt.