A338 Wessex Fields

 New link road and junction planned for 2019 

As part of the Bournemouth International Growth programme the Council has submitted a planning application 7-2017-9177-DH to build a new junction and link road from the A338 to Wessex Fields.

If approved, the plans will play a key part in unlocking the available employment land at Wessex Fields, whilst making the most of the natural environment around it. Specific benefits include:

  • the potential to create around 2,000 new jobs at Wessex Fields business park
  • safeguarding the existing 10,000 jobs, including 4,000 at Royal Bournemouth Hospital
  • a second access to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital site
  • will provide more reliable journey times at Cooper Dean Roundabout, the Chaseside Junction and parts of Castle Lane East, and
  • enhanced facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users leading to more sustainable journeys in the area.

As part of the planning application, key issues raised by residents have been addressed, including:

  • Greenbelt: only a small section of the scheme is located on greenbelt. The scheme will not impact on the openness of the area and will, in fact, make part of the greenbelt more accessible for the public to enjoy. Proposals include new walking and cycling routes connecting this area to the Stour Valley Way. 
  • Air quality: assessments on the proposed schemes show that there will be negligible impact on air quality.
  • Street lighting: will be in the development site only and not on the new junction and overbridge. Embankment planting is planned to shield light from vehicle headlights, particularly in relation to nearby housing areas.
  • Trees: there will be no loss of veteran trees because of the proposed scheme
  • Flooding: whilst a section of the scheme will be in the outer extent of the River Stour floodplain, and there is a small loss of capacity, this is off-set by the inclusion of a number of attenuation basins.  These will also form part of the landscaping features and contribute towards making this area a destination where people can spend leisure time in a green open space.
  • Cobb barn: Historic England has not objected to the demolition of the Cobb barn but has recommended a building recording condition before its removal. 

Find out more about the new proposed junction to the A338 Wessex Fields, Bournemouth.