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Proposed A50 junction and link road

We're working with Derby City Council, South Derbyshire District Council, developers and others to provide a new junction and link road off the A50 on the outskirts of Derby.

The proposed road and junction will lead to a new 450-hectare 'garden village' This is one of 14 being built across England and is on the boundary between Derbyshire and Derby near to Sinfin and Chellaston.

Plans for the garden village include proposals for around 3,000 homes and space for a business park which is expected to boost the economy by creating up to 5,000 jobs.

A new primary school, new secondary school, open spaces and shopping facilities are also proposed.

About the road

We're responsible for submitting a planning application for the new junction and link road as well as applying for government funding through the Housing Infrastructure Fund to build them.

If plans go ahead, the new junction will use the existing underpass on Deep Dale Lane and will have new roundabouts at each end and street lighting. The first section of the link road from the A50 will be dual carriageway and the rest single carriageway.

Large areas of land next to the road will be landscaped, used to create public open space and used for drainage.

Proposals for the new road are in line with the South Derbyshire Local Plan.

We're applying for planning permission now so the new junction and road can be built, subject to approval, and open before most of the housing and business park are developed to help reduce congestion on local roads.

About the planning process

We've submitted the planning application to our own planning team and Derby City Council's planning team. This is because the land proposed for development crosses the boundary between the city and county.

The application will be considered by both councils' planning committees later this year.

Both committees consider planning applications on their own merits and are impartial.

Decisions by the committees are based on planning policy, factual information and information presented to the committee and other material considerations

Have your say

If you would like to give your views about the planning application for the new junction and link road you can take a look at the planning application and comment.

The closing date for comments is 26 May 2019.

All comments will be taken into consideration before any planning decision is made.

Environmental impacts

Environmental impacts have been considered throughout the duration of the project planning stage and in consultation with the Environment Agency and other statutory consultees.

A full environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been carried out which is a formal process to ensure that the impact on the environment will be minimised and lessened where necessary.

The following surveys have been included in the environmental statement submitted as part of the planning application:

  • transport assessment
  • flood risk assessment and surface water drainage strategy
  • ecological surveys and impact assessment
  • archaeological and cultural heritage assessment
  • noise and vibration assessments
  • landscape and visual impact assessment
  • air quality assessment
  • topographical survey
  • ground conditions
  • tree survey
  • green infrastructure strategy

Protecting the environment

We're working hard to protect Sinfin Moor Local Nature Reserve which is situated nearby.

Proposals include:

  • creating new wetland habitats, including ponds, grassland and wooded areas to benefit wading birds, dragonflies, damselflies and a range of other wildlife
  • new grassland habitats, including traditionally managed wildflower meadows using seeds collected from the local nature reserve
  • new woodland and scrub habitats to help screen the road in addition to keeping the existing Black Poplars
  • new quiet wildlife areas and areas of more formal and educational use, including circular walkways