Long-awaited third crossing takes vital next step in planning process

The proposed design for the Lake Lothing Third Crossing, pictured with the bridge down. Picture: WSP.

The proposed design for the Lake Lothing Third Crossing, pictured with the bridge down. Picture: WSP. - Credit: Archant

The dream of Lowestoft's long-awaited third crossing is moving a step closer to reality as the first formal planning application is lodged.

Suffolk County Council's (SCC) cabinet is being asked to agree its formal proposal for the Lowestoft Lake Lothing Third Crossing planning application to the Planning Inspectorate at its meeting on June 19.

As the crossing has been awarded Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project status the county council must apply to the Secretary of State for Transport through the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order.

Construction of the crossing is expected to boost the town's economy and reduce congestion and the cabinet will hear of the overwhelming support the project has garnered from the people of the town

During a seven-week consultation last year 96pc of the 1,469 responses agreed the need for the crossing.

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Suffolk County Council leader Matthew Hicks said: 'This is another big moment for the Lake Lothing Third Crossing project, Lowestoft, and Suffolk as a whole.

'I'm delighted to hear of the unprecedented levels of public support for this project, and it also has the backing of all the key people, who remain committed to delivering this much-need crossing for Lowestoft.

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'With the support of cabinet, we will be able to continue this project, which remains on schedule, and deliver something that will increase prosperity in Lowestoft, boosting the town's economy and reducing congestion.'

Mark Bee, leader of Waveney District Council spoke of the importance of the crossing for the town's future.

He said: 'I am delighted that so much is happening in Lowestoft to deliver economic growth and better outcomes for our communities and the new Lake Lothing Crossing is integral to that.

The cabinet will also be made aware additional funding may be required for the project to provide the Planning Inspectorate and Secretary of State reassurance the bridge will be funded in keeping with the original agreement.

However no extra money is being requested at this stage.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous added: 'Government funding makes up most of the costs but local funding is also a significant element and demonstrates local support.

'Agreement by SCC cabinet is a clear signal of their commitment to this key project for Lowestoft and its economic future.'

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