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Roads: M5

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have undertaken regarding the impact on congestion around Junction 12 of the M5 Motorway of the proposed construction of a 190,000-ton capacity mass burn incinerator close to the junction.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Highways Agency has not undertaken any research regarding the impact on congestion around junction 12 of the M5 of the proposed energy from waste facility at Javelin Park. As part of the planning process, the Highways Agency works with the applicant who is required to demonstrate what impact the development would have through the production of a traffic assessment. Further information submitted on behalf of the developers is currently being considered by the agency.

Javelin Park has been the subject of a number of planning applications since 1992, with the present set of proposals having been submitted for approval in April this year. The Highways Agency has fully engaged with the planning process and carefully considered a transport assessment submitted in support of the application. Since April we have worked with the transport advisers acting on behalf of the developers to identify the traffic impacts on M5 junction 12.

The agency is satisfied that the development would have a similar, if not reduced impact, when compared to the existing planning consent at the Javelin Park site. We have however, raised concerns about traffic impact on the M5 junction 12 during the construction phase of the project and further information submitted on behalf of the developers is presently being considered in this respect.

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