A382 corridor improvements
Future plans for infrastructure improvements to the west of Newton Abbot are currently being progressed by Devon County Council and Teignbridge District Council. The improvement strategy has been progressing for a number of years and has been split into three phases to aid delivery. A plan highlighting the current elements of the improvement package is shown below.
Improvements stretch from Drumbridges on the A38 to Churchills roundabout in Newton Abbot with a new link road Jetty Marsh Phase II from Whitehill Cross to West Golds Way (near the hospital). There is reference to these improvements in the Teignbridge Local Plan under policy HT1 (c) and (f).
Proposed measures include realignment and widening to create extra capacity to cope with the increases in traffic anticipated as a result of the developments planned in the Heart of Teignbridge area, including to the west of Newton Abbot. Also proposed is a parallel footpath/cycleway linking into wider plans for the Newton Abbot network, and a Park and Change site at Forches Cross.
More information on the scheme can be found using the links below:
Phase 1 – Forches Cross to Whitehill Cross
This initial phase is part of the scheme which was granted planning permission in June 2017. This phase is to be supported with funding from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Teignbridge District Council.
Construction of the scheme is anticipated to begin in 2019.
Phase 2 – Houghton Barton Link
A planning application for the connection between the A382 and A383 was submitted in February 2019. There is reference to this link in the Teignbridge Local Plan under policy NA1 (f) and in supporting documents produced by Devon County Council in the Access to Houghton Barton report. This report considered the impact of development and identified potential mitigation measures. The report suggests that the aim of the link is to allow the development to proceed whilst minimising further impact on Highweek. It is expected that this link will be in place in the early stages of housing development from future planning applications.
Teignbridge District Council have also produced a Development Framework Plan for Houghton Barton which sets out the District Council’s requirements in relation to key infrastructure such as the road through the development connecting the A382 and A383.
This new road is to be built using developer contributions along with funding from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). A summary was submitted to the LEP in October 2014 for an earlier version of the scheme and a funding contribution has been secured as part of the LEP’s Growth Deal 3 programme. It is featured in the Growth Deal 3 strategy ‘A Growth Deal for Productivity‘ under the heading ‘Strategic Connectivity and Sustainable Transport’. To formally secure the LEP funding a Business Case was submitted in December 2019.
Construction of this scheme is expected in 2021.
Phase 3 – Drumbridges to Forches Cross, Jetty Marsh II and Exeter Rd
Phase 3 includes the remaining sections to complete the strategy. The Drumbridges to Forches Cross stretch is part of the scheme which was granted planning permission in June 2017, and a planning application for the revised Jetty Marsh II section is due for submission in 2019. Proposed improvements to Exeter Road were consulted on in November 2018 and presented to Devon County Council’s Cabinet in February 2019. The Cabinet Report can be accessed here.
This phase makes up the selected scheme for inclusion in an Outline Business Case to be submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) in July 2019. The DfT will consider all submissions under a rigorous decision making procedure and will announce the outcome in Spring 2020. Assuming the Outline Business Case is approved, work on the Full Business Case would be undertaken in 2021/22. This would allow construction to start on this phase in 2023.