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Woodville to Swadlincote regeneration route

We're working with South Derbyshire District Council to deliver the Woodville to Swadlincote regeneration route.

The first section of the new road link has already been constructed as part of the successful 'Woodville Woodlands' housing development, taking traffic from the A511 Ashby Road as far as Occupation Lane.

The remaining section to be delivered by us would complete the link from Occupation Lane to the A514 Swadlincote Road.

A map of the general arrangement and location of the regeneration route is attached to this page.

The regeneration route

This project aims to unlock the development potential of the Woodville regeneration area which is located adjacent to the route within the Swadlincote urban area in South Derbyshire District.

The project requires public intervention in the form of government grant to make it viable given that it crosses an area of former open cast and deep mine workings which have been poorly backfilled with mixed fill.

The regeneration area is considered as being fundamental to the future prosperity of Swadlincote by providing much needed commercial space and 300 new homes, creating 3,100 jobs (plus construction jobs).

The regeneration route would also form an important component of Derbyshire's transport infrastructure by providing an alternative route for traffic accessing the town of Swadlincote, and also for east-west journeys between the M1/A42/M42 and A38/A50 trunk roads.

Journey times along the A511 are currently impeded at the A511/A514 clock roundabout leading to chronic congestion and a higher than average accident record. The regeneration route will relieve some of the congestion by greatly improving the accessibility of Swadlincote to the wider strategic and major road networks.

The route also has the potential to provide additional economic benefits to and boost investor confidence within Woodville and Swadlincote by enabling reduced and consistent journey times.

Planning process

We gained planning consent for the regeneration route on 23 December 2019. We sought modifications to its consent following objections raised at the compulsory purchase order (CPO) and side roads orders (SRO; collectively 'the orders') inquiry in January 2020.

The S73 planning variation application has been determined and can be found on our planning portal referenced CD9/0520/8, CD9/0519/20.

Compulsory purchase and side roads orders

We began a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to acquire land on which to build the project due to the realisation that a negotiated agreement might not be reached with all landowners within the grant funding window.

At the same time, we began a side roads orders (SRO) to make changes to the public highway, giving a legal status for the new road when completed.

Both were granted consent by the Secretary of State for Transport in July 2020 following a public inquiry in January 2020 at which the inspector considered the opinions of objectors to the project proceeding.

Construction Work

Construction work started on 26 October 2019 to:

  • build the new road north-westwards from Occupation Lane
  • widen and build sections of retaining wall within Kiln Way
  • demolish part of the Woodville Business Centre on Woodhouse Street
  • build the new roundabout junction south of Derby Road

In October 2021, North Midland Construction which had been appointed to do the work, went into administration around 4 weeks away from the project being completed. Work will be completed by our highways department.

We're jointly funding the work by contributing £7 million, and D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has earmarked £6.4 million from its Local Growth Fund.

Contact us

If you have a general enquiry about the project, you should contact Regeneration Route Project Manager, Gary Thompson, email or tel: 01629 535420.