The A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme - Earlier News
27th February 2017 - Advanced works commence
Work on the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme started on Monday 27th February 2017. This work was carried out to prepare the site in advance of the main works. The work was needed so that utility companies, such as Severn Trent Water, could divert buried services that would be in the way of the proposed new layout.
Most of this advanced stage of the work was carried out off the highway on land at Wyvern Way, known as Derby Triangle. For the work done on the highway, there were some off peak traffic lights and narrow lanes on Wyvern Way, and off peak lane closures on the A52. No road closures were required at this stage.
The advanced works also included the removal of trees around the Wyvern and A52. The trees needed to be felled in advance of the nesting season and an ecologist was on site to supervise the works. As part of the main works new wildlife habitats will be created including new areas of tree planting.
14th February 2017 - Compulsory Purchase order confirmed
Some objections to the CPO were sent to the National Transport Casework Team and we prepared for a Public Inquiry, which was due to be held in February 2017. All objections to the Order were withdrawn and the Public Inquiry was cancelled.
Agreements have been reached with landowners over access rights, and negotiations to purchase the land required are continuing. The CPO was confirmed by the Secretary of State for Transport on 14th February 2017. It became operative on 3rd March 2017, when a notice was published in the Derby Telegraph, site notices were posted near the land and qualifying persons were notified.
December – Council Cabinet approval
On 7th December 2016, Council Cabinet considered a report about the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme. The report gives an update on scheme funding and the project risks that exist. The recommendations were approved and we now have approval to commence the scheme.
July – Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (D2N2) Local Enterprise Partnership - Stage 1 approval
This was the first stage in a two-stage approval process to obtain £6.72 million from the Local Growth Fund towards the scheme. Stage 1 approval is to provide assurance that the project is progressing and all risks to delivery are being managed. The stage 1 application for the Scheme was approved in July 2016. This outlined the current status of the project and showed that the requirements had been met. The next step is to prepare the stage 2 application, which includes a full business case. It is planned to submit this to D2N2 in summer 2017.
June - The Derby City Council (A52 Wyvern Transport Improvements) Compulsory Purchase Order 2016
Some of the land needed for the scheme is not currently owned by Derby City Council and we need to buy this land. We are discussing buying the land with the owners and hopefully this will be possible. However, in case there are any problems, we also made a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). A CPO is a legal power which allows the Council to obtain land or property. We need to show that the taking of land is necessary and that it is in the public interest.
As part of the process we made sure that all those with an interest in the land were aware of the CPO. This included putting notices in the Derby Telegraph, putting up site notices near the land and serving notices on qualifying persons. The CPO and relevant documents, including plans showing the land that is needed, were available to view at the Council House, Corporation Street, Derby.
The CPO documents on deposit were:
April - Planning application
Planning permission was granted, subject to conditions, for:
A52 Wyvern Transport Improvements scheme - Realigned A52 Wyvern junction, replacement footbridge and associated embankments, highway, accommodation and earth works.
Most of the scheme will be constructed on existing highway or will be constructed immediately adjacent to highway and is, therefore, permitted development under The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.
Planning permission was requested for those areas outside and not adjacent to the highway boundary. The areas requiring planning permission are:
The areas needed for planning permission, and the permitted development areas, are shown on submitted drawing: A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme - Drawing:HD12092-000-033B–Planning-Extents.
In July 2015, we held public consultation events where the project team talked about the scheme proposals and answered any questions. Exhibition boards showed the location of the scheme, existing issues, key features of the scheme and access and environmental considerations. A consultation questionnaire was available to be completed online or on paper. The consultation period ended on 7th August 2015. The Consultation Report explains how the consultation was undertaken and summarises the responses made by stakeholders.
During 2015, consultation took place with major stakeholders and the scheme was modified. Changes included further safety benefits, more pedestrian and cycle improvements and allowed for further development on Wyvern. The modified scheme was approved by Cabinet in June 2015. Two plans were presented, Appendix 3 shows the modified full scheme, including provision for development traffic generated by the Derby Triangle development. Appendix 4 shows the modified scheme for the A52 scheme only.
A report, along with a summary of the feasibility study, was considered by Council Cabinet in February 2014. Cabinet approved the preferred option which includes modification and improvements based on existing levels.
In January 2014, an Option Assessment Report was completed on behalf of the Council, looking at a range of options. We needed to come up with the best scheme that would help to reduce collisions, improve traffic flow and improve access. We ruled out significant changes due to the amount of funding available and potential environmental impacts.