§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his direction to refuse planning permissions in connection with(a) the Wraysbury development and (b) the Staines development.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
Reasons for directing refusal in both cases were the large volume of additional traffic which would be generated on the M25 and A30, and related interference with safe and free flows of traffic on those routes, which are primarily designed to facilitate the safe and expeditious flow of long distance through traffic. Other reasons were406W(1) in the case of the Wraysbury project, the junction improvement proposed by the developer was considered unacceptable as entailing a direct access to the slip road for northbound traffic joining the M25; the developer had not shown that the modified junction would satisfactorily accommodate the additional traffic; and it would subsequently be difficult for the Department to improve the junction further to allow for future traffic growth;(2) n the case of the Staines project, the development would entail the construction of a new junction on the A30 trunk road between M25 junction 13 and the A308 Crooked Billet junction; it had not been
In the case of motorways, there is a strict policy against allowing direct access to the main carriageway or slip roads from any development other than service areas and related facilities. In the case of all-purpose trunk roads refusal of permission may be directed in circumstances where, notwithstanding any road improvements proposed by the developer, the development would generate interference with the safe and free flow of traffic either on that or another trunk road in the vicinity. Regard has to be had in this to the effects both on existing traffic flows and those expected in the future.