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Consultation continues on M5 Junction 10 improvements scheme

Members of the public are being reminded to share their views on Gloucestershire County Council's proposed M5 Junction 10 improvements scheme.

The final face-to-face consultation event takes place this Saturday (January 15) from 10am to 5pm at Hesters Way Community Resource Centre in Cheltenham. The project team will be on hand to present proposed scheme designs and answer questions.

In addition, there are three further online consultation events. These take place on: Thursday 13 January 2pm - 3.30pm; Saturday 29 January 2pm - 3.30pm; and Wednesday 2 February 7pm - 8.30pm. Registration for the online events is required in advance at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk.

The scheme proposals will see significant improvements to M5 Junction 10, a new road linking Junction 10 to West Cheltenham and widening of the A4019 Tewkesbury Road. The council is currently running a statutory public consultation, in order to gather feedback to help refine its final scheme design. The consultation, which launched on December 8, 2021, will close on February 15, 2022.

Feedback on the proposals can be shared by completing the council's online survey at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/J10, where the detailed proposals can also be viewed. Paper copies are available from Cheltenham Library and Tewkesbury Library or can be requested by emailing M5Junction10@atkinsglobal.com. For assistance in completing the survey, call 01452 426256 (Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm, excluding weekends & bank holidays).

Councillor David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: "We've had a good response to the consultation so far, but we are keen to hear from more people. This is your opportunity to share your views on our proposals, before we finalise our scheme design and submit our planning application.

"The scheme is vital to improve motorised and non-motorised transport links, enable planned housing and employment developments; and deliver measures which support the local environment."

Due to the scale and nature of the scheme, it has been categorised as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project under the Planning Act 2008. This means the council must submit an application for a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate, in order to obtain planning permission to construct the scheme.

The scheme will be funded through the council's successful bid to the Government's Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), for £249m for the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme. Work has been ongoing since the funding announcement to produce a preferred layout, which is the subject of this statutory public consultation.

In addition, National Highways has also identified that significant growth planned for this area would require improvements to M5 Junction 10 to maintain the safe and efficient operation of the M5 corridor.

Hannah Sanderson, programme manager for National Highways, said: "We are delighted to see the proposed M5 Junction 10 improvements progressing and are encouraging everyone to have their say on the design. The scheme will help ease congestion and improve the gateway into the South West, while also unlocking wider economic benefits to both local communities and the region as a whole.

"As well as supporting the scheme, we are especially proud of the work undertaken by the wider team to make sure there is minimum disruption to the environment, landscape and wildlife, as well promoting sustainable travel."

For more information about the statutory public consultation and to view the scheme proposals in more detail, visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/J10.

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