Botley Bypass

A scheme for a new bypass for Botley

Last update: September 2020

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Planned Survey Works

Hampshire County Council have appointed Mildren Construction Ltd to carry out preparatory works along Woodhouse Lane ahead of construction of highway infrastructure to support the Uplands Farm Estate Development which includes the new Deer Park School.  The works include trenching and diversion works for utility equipment.

The work is scheduled to take place between 10 September and November 2020. The work is to make way for the main highway works including a new roundabout on Woodhouse Lane which is due to be carried out next year.

During the works it may be necessary to provide temporary traffic signals to manage traffic flows and continued footway usage in some areas for safety reasons. The hours of working will be between 8am - 6pm on weekdays, and 8am – 1pm Saturdays.

Planning permission was granted for the Botley Bypass scheme on 22 November 2017, following a meeting of the County Council’s Regulatory Committee.  Full details of the planning application, including all associated drawings and documents.

A planning application secured permission from Eastleigh Borough Council in September 2019 for the development of the Uplands Farm land west of Woodhouse Lane and has enabled the construction of the new secondary school to begin, as well as providing outline approval for up to 605 new homes, together with public open spaces, community sports land, a local centre, additional rights of way and highway infrastructure.
The highway access works to support the opening of Deer Park School will also include new and improved pedestrian and cycle links for the community. Work is expected to commence on these new links towards the end of 2020.

The County Council is currently progressing with the detailed design and land acquisition for the scheme, and will be looking to start construction work in Woodhouse Lane in 2020.  Works to construct the bypass are likely to follow on in 2020/21.

Scheme overview

Botley experiences a significant amount of through traffic using the A334 Botley High Street en route between the Fareham area and the wider Eastleigh, North Hedge End areas and Winchester in the north.

Forecast levels of building development in the wider Botley area over the next 20 years combined with traffic growth generally are likely to compound existing traffic issues in the area. The completion of Whiteley Way associated with the build out of the proposed North Whiteley development is also likely to increase through traffic in the Botley area.

The historic route for the Botley Bypass is located to the north of Botley and would provide an alternative route for through traffic to the A334 Botley High Street and would provide traffic relief to the village centre.

 Planning permission for the proposed Botley Bypass was granted in November 2017

The bypass would connect to Woodhouse Lane at the western end of the scheme with a new roundabout, heading east and crossing Winchester Street west of Holmesland Lane with a new priority junction. This section has been revised slightly from the historic route in order to reduce impacts on third parties.
The scheme then runs towards and in parallel to the Botley railway line, heading towards and crossing the River Hamble via a new bridge. It then heads south to the west of Bottings light industrial estate, before turning east again to join the A334 where a new roundabout connection will replace the existing A335/A3051 priority junction. Woodhouse Lane would be widened as part of the scheme.
In September 2019 approval was given by Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, for an alternative, phased option for the implementation of the Botley Bypass to accommodate the offsite highway requirements of the residential and Deer Park School development. These decision day papers can be viewed here

Please see further information about the wider Uplands Farm Estate Development.

Public consultation now closed

Over the past six months, the historic scheme plans have been reviewed and more detailed proposals have been developed by the County Council.

The public were asked for their views ahead of the final design and the planning application submission. Residents were asked to fill in a short questionnaire to help influence the design process and to identify any issues they might have.  

Results of public consultation

Download the consultation document with plans and visuals

Documents

The Executive Member Decision Day report for 31 March 2016 is available, including Appendix C showing a plan of the preferred alignment.

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Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Hampshire County Council
The Castle

Winchester
SO23 8UD