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Melton Mowbray distributor road scheme


Planning Application Update – October 2018

We have now submitted a planning application for the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road. For further details please visit the Planning Portal where you can search the name of this scheme or use planning reference 2018/Reg3Ma/0182/LCC. Please note that the deadline for comments on this application is the 19 November 2018.

Flyers with details of the events and planning application were distributed to around 1000 properties within approximately 500m of the route in early October. Copies are also available at community locations/events such as the library, and borough council offices. Posters have also been placed at key locations throughout the town.

Drop-in information events at Melton Borough Council Offices were held on:

  • Monday 15 October 1:30 - 8:30pm
  • Friday 19 October 1:30 - 8:30pm
  • Saturday 20 October 10am - 3:30pm

These events were well received, with nearly 300 people attending.

Whilst the events have now taken place, all of the details of the planning application including plans, and supporting documents are available via the planning portal link above. Any queries about the scheme can be sent to

A simulated 3D flyover video of the proposal has been produced by AECOM. An interactive version of this video will be available at the drop-in events.

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In September and October 2017 we sought views on a recommended route for a distributor road which will relieve congestion in Melton Mowbray and support plans for housing and employment growth in the town.

The distributor road would run to the east and north of Melton, beginning on the A606 Nottingham Road to the north before re-joining the A606 Burton Road to the south of the town.

The scheme aims to:

  • Improve access to potential housing and employment;
  • Reduce congestion within Melton Mowbray;
  • Improve access to Melton town centre;
  • Reduce the number of HGVs travelling through Melton town centre.

A report (provided below) detailing the final recommended route along with results of the consultation was presented to and subsequently approved by the council’s cabinet in December 2017.

Following this, an Outline Business Case was submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) in late December 2017 (see document below) seeking funding for the scheme.

Design work, surveys and engagement with landowners has continued, allowing the route to be further refined. This has taken into account feedback received during consultation, and has sought to minimise the impact on the environment, local landowners and residents, and ensure that it best supports future development and growth.

Preferred Route

The 'Preferred Route' for the north and east section of the MMDR was agreed by the Director on 8 May 2018, following consultation with the Lead Member for Environment and Transport. A plan showing this route is attached below, and you can view the press release.

Please note that a further southern distributor road link from A606 Burton road to A607 Leicester Road (that does not form part of this scheme) is identified in Melton Borough Council's submission draft local plan through the Melton Mowbray south sustainable neighbourhood.


It was announced on 17 May 2018 that the project has successfully secured £49.5m of Government funding following a bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) Local Major Schemes Fund. The project will now work towards the submission of a planning application later this year.

If you have any queries you can email

Supporting documents

The Preferred Route Plan below does not necessarily represent the eventual final scheme design. It is likely that further amendments to the plans will be made as the scheme moves towards a planning application and through the detailed design process (during which there will be further opportunities to comment on the design proposals). Please refer to this page for further updates.

MMDR Preferred Route Plan

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The Outline Business Case below formed part of the bid submission to the Department for Transport's Large Local Majors Scheme for funding to deliver the MMDR.

Melton Mowbray Distributor Road Outline Business Case

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