The Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and Side Roads Order (SRO) notices were submitted to the Secretary of State for confirmation on 21 October 2020. A number of objections to the CPO and SRO were received and the Secretary of State gave notice on 15 January 2021 of the intention to call a Public Inquiry to consider the objections. Accordingly, the Council is required to serve a Statement of Case on the Secretary of State and on each statutory objector. In light of the impact and restrictions associated with COVID-19, an extension to the time period in which the Council must serve the Statement of Case has been granted by the Secretary of State and the Council is required to serve the statement no later than the 19th March 2021. This has been served on all objectors, within the provided timeframe, and an online version of the Statement of Case is available to view on the new webpage (see Statement of Case documentation list). The webpage also lists documents that are referred to in the Statement of Case, and that may be referred to at Public Inquiry.
The timescales for Public Inquiry will be communicated in due course. Subject to the above, the anticipated timescales for the start of construction of the new road will begin in spring 2022 with an anticipated completion due early summer 2024.
Subject to confirmation of the CPO and the SRO it is the intention for various preparatory works to be undertaken on site before construction begins, such as preparing construction compounds, undertaking various utility diversions and fencing etc.
Copies of the CPO/SRO Orders and associated drawings are available to view by appointment (unless we're under Covid restrictions) at Leicestershire County Council (County Hall, Leicester Road, Glenfield) and Melton Borough Council (Parkside, Melton Mowbray). Contact us on 0116 305 0001.
They're also available online at Compulsory Purchase Order and Side Roads Order process.