The County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Rob Humby, said: “We were very pleased to hear this morning that the Botley Bypass scheme has been awarded £10 million from the Government. The Bypass has been a long-standing ambition for local residents, and the County and District Councils, and I am very pleased that the significant work that we have put into developing a scheme has now paid off. It will dramatically improve quality of life in the area by removing through traffic from the village, reducing noise and making a major contribution to improving local air quality. The Bypass will also provide extra capacity to cope with the proposed increase in traffic in the area over the coming years.”
The award follows the County Council’s decision only last month for ground surveys, environmental mitigation work and land acquisitions to go ahead in the area, to enable detailed designs to be finalised.
Building a new 1.8 kilometre bypass at Botley is estimated to cost £26 million. In addition to the £10million announced today, developer contributions and County Council capital grants will make up the outstanding amount.
The funding is the result of a joint bid with Eastleigh Borough Council to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s, Housing Infrastructure Fund.
The Bypass will divert traffic from the main A334 through Botley, north from Maypole roundabout onto an improved Woodhouse Lane, and then south east onto the new Bypass running to the south of the railway line - which would then re-join the A334 at the junction near to Pinkmead Farm.
Hampshire County Council is due to submit an outline planning application in the spring, to Eastleigh Borough Council, for the Uplands Farm Estate following a public consultation in autumn 2017. The County Council is responding directly to a request from the Borough Council to bring forward Woodhouse Lane in Hedge End, and north of Winchester Street in Botley as part of their Local Plan review. The development would include up to 1,025 new private and affordable homes of different types and sizes, a local centre with up to 1,000 square metres of employment spaces, public open space, sports pitches and additional allotments. A detailed application for a new 7 form entry secondary school (1,050 places) at the Woodhouse Lane site will be submitted at the same time.