Proposed Junction to the A338 Wessex Fields, Bournemouth
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.
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 traffic flows at Cooper Dean Roundabout, Chaseside Junction, and parts of Castle Lane East
- Encourage sustainable travel by improving facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users
There is strong demand for flexible business space in and around Bournemouth but the supply of A Grade office is in short supply. Currently the supply of vacant offices in Bournemouth is under 2% according to Co-Star, a national commercial property database.
A planning application for the new junction has now been submitted and people can have their say on the plans until the end of February 2018.
A series of events are also coming up at which the public can view the plans and talk to the project team.
Monday 29 January, 10.00-16.00 Bournemouth Town Hall
Wednesday 31 January 14.00-20.00 Littledown Centre Wednesday 7 February 14.00-18.00 Holdenhurst Village Hall
Monday 12 February 14.00-18.00 Hurn Sports and Social Club
It is likely a planning decision will be made in Spring 2018.