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A358 Taunton to Southfields - route options consultation

Highways England has confirmed that the next round of consultation for the A358 Taunton to Southfields scheme is due to take place over the coming months.

The route options consultation will run for a 6 week period from Tuesday 16 January 2018 until Tuesday 27 February 2018. At the start of this period, Highways England will confirm the precise details of the route options being proposed. In essence however, the first part of the route (Southfields Roundabout to West Hatch) will remain as previously consulted on - i.e the dualling of the existing road. The key part of this new consultation is the now multiple route options for the stretch from West Hatch to the M5. The previous consultation only put forward a single option..

A number of public exhibit events are due to be held to allow the general public the opportunity to find out more. These events are as follows:

When

Where

Saturday 20 January 2018 (12:00 - 20:00)

Holiday Inn Taunton, Deane Gate Avenue, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2UA*

Tuesday 23 January 2018 (12:00 - 20:00)

The Monks Yard, Horton Cross Farm, Horton Cross, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9PT

Wednesday 24 January 2018 (12:00 - 20:00)

Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall, Village Road, Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton, TA3 6SG

Friday 26 January 2018  (12:00 - 20:00)

Holiday Inn Taunton, Deane Gate Avenue, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2UA*

Thursday 1 February 2018 (12:00 - 20:00)

St Mary Village Hall, Stoke St Mary, Taunton, TA3 5BY

Wednesday 21 February 2018 (14:00 - 17:30)

Ruishton Village Hall, Ruishton, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 5JD

In addition to the above public exhibition events, the consultation materials will also be available to view during the consultation period between normal opening hours at the following locations:

  • Taunton Deane Borough Council;
  • Somerset County Council;
  • Taunton Library;
  • South Somerset District Council;
  • South Petherton Library;
  • Martock Library;
  • Ilminster Meeting House & Arts Centre;
  • Henlade Post Office;
  • Somerset County Council Mobile Library;
  • Blackbrook Leisure Centre & Spa.

Next steps

As previously advised, it is recommended that those affected do review the consultation materials and submit comments, in particular regarding preferences between the expected multiple route options.

It is also understood that Highways England are now continuing their one to one engagement with those directly affected by the proposals by offering meetings. To be best placed to discuss what land might be taken, when and for what compensation, we strongly recommend that now is the time to instruct professional consultants to act for you, whether land agents/surveyors or lawyers with experience in compulsory purchase and property, subject to fee discussions with Highways England.