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.
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.
Please select the links below to read the written representations made by the NFU in full.
The latest representation includes the response to second written questions from the examiners on 4 November 2021.