Wessex Fields

Proposed Junction to the A338 Wessex Fields, Bournemouth

October 2018

Plans to build a new link road and junction directly connecting the A338 with the Wessex Fields business park are underway with a new planning application now submitted.

The new planning application will be subject to the 30 day statutory consultation period.  

The proposals to build a new link road and junction will enable Wessex Fields to reach its full economic potential by making the area an attractive location for businesses looking to set up and/or relocate to the region. Transforming the infrastructure in and around Wessex Fields will:

• Create around 2,000 new jobs;

• Safeguard the existing 10,000 jobs (including 4,000 at Royal Bournemouth Hospital);

• Provide a second access to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital site;

• Improve journey time reliability at the Cooper Dean Roundabout, Chaseside Junction, and parts of Castle Lane East;

• Encourage sustainable travel by improving facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users. 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.

Since submitting the original planning application in December 2017, the Council in its capacity as the applicant has positively addressed a number of issues and concerns raised by the Local Planning Authority and statutory consultees including Wessex Water, Natural England, Historic England and the Environment Agency. 

Key elements to the new planning application for the new link road and junction include: The most notable elements from the feedback that form part of the new planning application include:  

Re-alignment of the spine road: To address concerns about the impact of the proposed road from the A338 to Deansleigh Road on adjacent properties, the alignment of the road has been changed to ensure that noise mitigation can be provided using a reasonable height fence and landscaping proposals. 

Cob Barn: The new planning application will include the retention of the Cob Barn, following a response from Historic England to the December 2017 application.

Sustainable Travel: A major element of the scheme is to provide enhanced facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users leading to more sustainable travel in the area. The plans include new walking and cycling routes connecting Wessex Fields to the Stour Valley Way, as well as new pedestrian and cycle links between Deansleigh Road and Riverside Avenue.  

Greenbelt: A Nature Reserve is proposed adjacent to the development site which will enable improved public access to the greenbelt.
Trees: All veteran trees will be retained as part of the proposed scheme. Substantial work has been undertaken to ensure that they are protected to ensure their longevity, and they form an integral part of the landscaping proposals.

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 for the floodplain, which has been off-set by a new landscape design.  A landscaping strategy will contribute towards making this area a place where people can spend leisure time in a green open space.

Air quality: Assessments on the proposed scheme show that there will be negligible impact on air quality.

Street lighting: This 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.

The new planning application will consist of two phases. At the current time, only Phase 1 has secured funding from Dorset LEP through the Local Growth Fund, with construction due to commence in Spring 2019 subject to planning consent.  Work on Phase 2 will only commence when appropriate funding has been made available.