Congleton Link Road – route consultation ma

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Congleton link road - route consultation made public

January 2014

Congleton link road
Route options for the proposed Congleton Link Road have now been made public. The new road will link the A534 Sandbach Road (to the west of Congleton) with the A536 Macclesfield Road (to the north of Congleton).
 
Local residents, land and business owners are making their views known at the consultation events and by submitting responses to Cheshire East Council. Further information is available on the Council website: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/congletonlinkroad
 
At this stage no design details have been prepared and the impact of each of the possible routes on farmers, landowners and house owners is difficult to determine. However, the project timescales are ambitious – construction is planned to start in 2016.
 
In the meantime the Council wishes to confirm a preferred route in spring/summer 2014. This is an important step because it will mean that planning applications close to the preferred route will have to be checked against the route and permissions will not be granted for anything likely to interfere with the construction. 
 
Adopting a preferred route will also mean that the Council is obliged to consider claims for blight. If the prospect of the road scheme prevents a property being sold, in some circumstances they might have to purchase the property at pre-scheme values. 
 
The compulsory purchase process is due to commence later in 2014 and no doubt the Council will at the same time seek to purchase the land required to build the road by private negotiation.
 
Hugh Maxfield, partner with Chartered Surveyors Fisher German in Knutsford, urges landowners, farmers and house owners directly affected to keep up to date with developments and to take professional advice before entering into negotiations with the Council. “The compulsory purchase process is complicated and all sorts of factors can affect the outcome.
 
We are aware that the Council wishes to carry out environmental surveys and these should be undertaken on a properly agreed basis.
 
In the meantime some steps should be considered in advance to minimise the impact of the scheme. For instance, it may be sensible to consider development potential prior to adoption of a preferred route.”
 
Fisher German has an experienced team advising on compensation and compulsory purchase matters and currently advise clients in Cheshire on the A556 relief road (Knutsford to Bowden), the Alderley Edge bypass and HS2, as well as the Congleton Link Road and many other infrastructure schemes across the country. 
 
For more information please contact Hugh Maxfield in Knutsford on 01565 757970 email hugh.maxfield@fishergerman.co.uk, or Matthew Burton in Chester on 01244 409660 email matthew.burton@fishergerman.co.uk
 

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