Homes to be demolished and land taken for major A38 project in Derby
Derby residents of 17 houses will have to have their homes demolished to make way for major improvements to the A38 at Markeaton Island.
The homes and land will be claimed as part of a £229 million project to improve three junctions as the trunk road passes through Derby.
Highways England is currently engaged in public consultation as part of its application for a development consent order.
The scheme will also include improvements to the A38 junctions at Little Eaton by creating a flyover, and at Kingsway island, where there will be an underpass built.
Documents running to hundreds of pages map out the project in minute detail, which includes the process for acquiring the 96 hectares of land necessary to complete the work.
A total of 44 hectares will be permanently acquired, 37 hectares will be temporarily acquired and the remaining 15 hectares will be acquired temporarily but with the option of permanent rights.
As well as negotiating to acquire 15 houses in Queensway, Highways England is also in negotiation with the owners of two properties in Ashbourne Road, which it wants to demolish to build an underpass at the junction of the A52 and A38.
Some of the owners have already issued blight notices to Highways England meaning that they have tried to sell their homes but cannot do so because of the situation. Three of the homes have already moved into the Highways England ownership and most of the rest of the others are part of ongoing negotiations.
The documents make it clear that wherever possible Highways England will try to negotiate a deal with the home owners but it also says that if it become necessary, and a price cannot be agreed on, then it will invoke its right to have a compulsory purchase order issued.
The cost for the project already includes an allowance for compensation payments and also payments for compulsory purchase order acquisitions.
The Markeaton island part of the project will also require land to be taken from three properties in Sutton Close and also substantial amounts of existing open space in the area, including some from Markeaton Park to allow the A38 to be re-aligned where it runs towards its junction with the A52 Ashbourne Road.
However, where open public space is acquired, it will be replaced. So the loss of parkland will be replaced by the inclusion of land from north-west of the A38 adjacent to Markeaton Park.
n the Markeaton area, the plans show there will be a new footbrdge across the A38 to and from the park, and the old one will be demolished. Adjacent Enfield Road will be stopped up to through traffic, as will the entrance to Markeaton Park from off the current traffic island.
This will be replaced by a new emergency access and new junction where the A38 meets the A52.
To create a new road lay-out, including underpass at the existing Kingsway island, open land will be acquired and part of the entry and exit lanes at Brackensdale Avenue and Raleigh Street will be stopped up.
The area will also see the extension of Bramble Brook and thw widening of Brackensdale Avenue under the bridges that carry the A38 overhead.
At Little Eaton, where two bridges will be built to carry mainstream A38 traffic, work will be carried out to stop up Ford Lane.
Across the whole project, many changes will have to be made to existing features including water courses such as Bramble Brook, Markeaton Brook, the Mill Pond, Dam Brook and the flood plain of the River Derwent.
There will also be some public rights of way permanently affected. These include the National Cycle Network trails 54 and 68 and footpaths E1/7/1 and FP3 E1/3/1 at Breadsall and E7/17/1 at Little Eaton.
The public can view and comment on the plans until August 5. Anyone can then make representations on the application as long as they register as an interested party.
Those representations will then be looked at by the Planning Inspectorate, whose job it is to make a recommendation to the Government on whether the project should go ahead – a process which usually takes just over a year.
Gaining a development consent order would authorise the A38 work to begin possibly as early as 2021 with completion in 2024.
The project is intended to speed up journeys between Birmingham and the M1 and through Derby by separating long-distance traffic from those making local journeys.
Plans for improving the A38 through Derby were first drawn up around 40 years ago. Originally suggested in the 1970s, flyovers on the A38 were rejected because of their visual impact on nearby parkland.
A public consultation in 2003 backed revised plans – but the funding was never secured.
In February and March 2015, Highways England ran another revised public consultation to discuss its proposals.
Highways England Senior Project Manager, Graham Littlechild, said: “Our proposals for the A38 Derby junctions have now been accepted for formal examination by the Planning Inspectorate.
“This is a significant milestone for the scheme, as we look to deliver much-needed improvements on this stretch of road.”
The documents are available to view daily (except Sunday) at the Riverside Library in the Council House, Derby or they can be found online on the project page of the planning inspectorate’s national infrastructure planning website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/east-midlands/a38-derby-junctions.