Plans submitted for Stonehenge tunnel

Plans submitted for Stonehenge tunnel

Published by Helen Down at 5:44am 22nd October 2018.

The major proposals for the A303 are now with the Planning Inspectorate.

Highways England has submitted their plans to build that controversial tunnel near Stonehenge.

The proposals are part of a £1.6 billion programme to upgrade the A303.

It aims to make the route through the World Heritage Site (WHS) a dual carriageway, putting it within a 3 kilometre long tunnel and a bypass to the north of Winterbourne Stoke.

Development consent for the scheme is now being looked at by the Planning Inspectorate.

They're due to decide whether to accept the application before the end of next month.

Highways England A303 Stonehenge Tunnel February 2018 1 (Highways England)
An artists impression of what the inside of the tunnel could look like

The development consent application follows public consultations held on the plans earlier this year.

Following acceptance, the Inspectorate will undertake a detailed examination of the application, in which stakeholders and the public can participate, before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State.

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