Planning application submitted for long-awaited third crossing
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The next major milestone in Lowestoft's bid for a long-awaited third crossing has been reached today as a formal planning application is lodged.
The plans for the Lake Lothing Third Crossing, which is expected to cost just under £92m, has been delivered to the government's Planning Inspectorate.
Last month, Suffolk County Council's cabinet considered the results of the public consultation and decided unanimously to make the submission.
Countless boxes and files have been handed over, following close work with councils, residents, businesses and local communities to understand what is important to those who may be affected.
Matthew Hicks, leader of Suffolk County Council and cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said: 'Today marks another important stage of bringing the new Lake Lothing Third Crossing to Lowestoft.
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'I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this huge infrastructure project so far, for taking the time to talk to us and supporting us along the way. 'I was delighted to report to our cabinet that an overwhelming 96pc of those who responded, said they want the bridge. We will deliver it.'
The crossing will link from the A12 via Waveney Drive on the south side of Lake Lothing, to Denmark Road and Peto Way on the north side, easing traffic congestion at the A47 Bascule Bridge and the Mutford Lock bridge in Oulton Broad.
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Mark Bee, leader of Waveney District Council, said: 'This project is of great significance to Lowestoft, Waveney and the East of England. I'm looking forward to many residents and businesses benefiting from the crossing and the easing of traffic going through the town.'
Waveney MP Peter Aldous added: 'We are now one step closer to contributing to the regeneration of Lowestoft. I'm confident that when then crossing is complete, the town and local area will benefit from the economic development that the crossing will bring.'
The Planning Inspectorate has 28 days to consider the application for acceptance. If accepted, an examination in public will be carried out by the planning inspectors later this year.
If approved construction is due to start in late 2019/early 2020 with the bridge planned to be open by 2022.