Members represented in Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet upgrades

29 December 2021

A van moving quickly along a road

The NFU represents members in the examination for the National Highways A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements scheme.

National Highways are proposing to improve the A428 between Black Cat in Bedfordshire and Caxton Gibbet in Cambridgeshire, by constructing a new 10-mile dual carriageway with better junctions.

Development consent order

Following a number of consultations, National Highways submitted an application to the planning inspectorate for a development consent order, which has been accepted for examination. If granted, National Highways will have compulsory powers to construct the scheme.

The examination period runs until February 2022. Following the close of the examination, the Planning Inspectorate will make recommendations to the Secretary of State regarding whether the development consent order should be approved.

Representing members

The NFU have made a number of written representations and represented members in virtual hearings during the examination which is ongoing to highlight concerns.

These include habitat mitigation, accommodation works, temporary use of land including notice periods, agricultural drainage, soils and the role of an agricultural liaison officer.

Written representations

Please select the links below to read the written representations made by the NFU in full.

First Written Questions

Second Written Questions

Written Submissions 22.09.21

Written Submissions 23.09.21

Written Submissions 24.09.21

Written Representations

The latest representation includes the response to second written questions from the examiners on 4 November 2021.

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