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Cabinet backs £300k contribution to new A590 roundabout plan

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1 June 2016

Councillors will be recommended to approve a contribution to a £6.1m project to build a new roundabout on the A590.

Today’s meeting of South Lakeland District Council’s Cabinet has recommended that Full Council sanctions a £300,000 payment from the council’s capital funds towards the project to re-model the junction at Cross-a-Moor, Swarthmoor, near Ulverston.

The £300,000 would come from the council’s New Homes Bonus income.

The rest of the cost of the county council-managed project is sought from funding bids to the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Highways England, and also from developer contributions from nearby planned housing sites.

If funding is secured, the proposed scheme would see a roundabout built to the south of the existing A590/Main Road/Pennington Lane junction, together with revised alignments of Main Road and Pennington Lane, to increase vehicle capacity on that stretch of the A590 and reduce delays.

A report to today’s Cabinet meeting says the junction improvement is a ‘critical component’ in the delivery of SLDC’s Local Plan.

The Local Plan allocates land for around 1,012 new homes close to the junction, on sites at Swarthmoor and Croftlands in Ulverston.

The report says: “The delivery of the junction capacity improvement is vital to ensure the successful completion of housing development in Swarthmoor and south Ulverston, on sites allocated to meet housing and affordable housing need in the South Lakeland Local Plan.

“While a proportion of the homes on allocated sites can proceed in advance of the proposed junction improvement scheme, the new infrastructure will be essential to ensure all homes are developed by 2025.’’

The recommendation received cross-party support at the meeting, including from SLDC members representing the wards closest to the proposed re-modelled junction, Councillors James Airey and Janette Jenkinson.

The meeting also heard representation from County Councillor for Low Furness, Councillor Janet Willis, who urged the Cabinet to agree to the recommendation and agree in principle to pay the £300,000 towards the junction improvement.

Councillor Jonathan Brook, SLDC’s portfolio holder for Housing and Innovation, said: “We have a key Council Plan commitment to enable the delivery of 1,000 new higher paid jobs and 1,000 new affordable homes for rent in the district by 2025.

“The improvements at Cross-a-Moor are central to both these ambitions.

“The housing being planned for that area of Ulverston represents about 20% of all the new homes to be built in the entire district under the Local Plan, and around 355 of the homes allocated for sites at Swarthmoor and south Ulverston will be affordable.

“The A590 is an essential part of the district’s road network in supporting economic development and is a crucial link from the M6 to south and west Cumbria. The A590 therefore needs to provide effective accessibility, especially to the major advanced manufacturing employers like Glaxo and BAE to support their growth and also to support the delivery of new employment opportunities on employment sites allocated in the Local Plan.

“It is clear that the junction needs revising to ensure our wider plans can be delivered. This recommendation to contribute to the junction improvement demonstrates our commitment to our strategic role and also helps to secure the rest of the funding needed to ensure the new junction and roundabout at Cross-a-Moor is constructed.’’

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