The application involves improving the junction between the A47 and A11, improving access to Norwich. The project consists of two new one-way slip roads connecting the A11 southbound with the A47 eastbound with the widening and full signaling of the Thickthorn Interchange. The side road strategy will include measures to mitigate the gaping problem caused by Cantley Lane South.

The application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for review by the National Highways Agency on 31 March 2021 and accepted for review on 28 April 2021.

Following an examination, during which the public, statutory consultants and interested parties were given the opportunity to testify to the examination authorities, recommendations were made to the Secretary of State on June 20, 2022.

It is the 117th nationally significant infrastructure project and the 44th transport application to be reviewed by the Planning Inspectorate within the timeframes set out in the Planning Act 2008.

Planning Inspectorate Acting Chief Executive Navis Rahman said:

“The Planning Inspectorate has investigated more than 100 nationally significant infrastructure projects since the Planning Act 2008 came into force, ensuring that local communities, local authorities and other stakeholders have had the opportunity to participate in the review of projects that may affect them. .

“The examining body listened to and took full account of all local views and evidence gathered during the examination before making its recommendation to the Secretary of State.”

The decision, the recommendation of the expert body to the Minister of Transport and the evidence considered by the examining body when making the recommendation are publicly available on the project pages National infrastructure planning website.


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Notes for editors:

The Planning Inspectorate’s National Infrastructure Projects Program details the proposals that are expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate as applications in the coming months.

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