The road and short tunnel proposal across Stonehenge World Heritage Site consulted on in Spring 2017 is shown below.
Highways England broadcast the large number of responses, bur because a large number of respondents using our pro forma, and that of Friends of the Earth (edited or otherwise), this was used as a reason to ignore the objections. A Freedom of Information request revealed that 77% disagreed with the scheme.
The consultation responses are in four volumes here.
The technical documents and maps for the Highways England 2017 consultation page here.
Our key concerns were:
- Consultation period of 7 weeks was too short for a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- No options offered to protect the World Heritage Site
- Tunnel too short (WHS is 5.4km/3.4 miles wide, tunnel is 2.9km/1.8 miles long).
- Serious damage to archaeology and landscape in direct contravention of planning policy and World Heritage Convention.
- Detrimental to wildlife especially the RSPB reserve for Stone Curlews.
- £1.4bn expenditure won’t solve traffic problems
The Stonehenge Alliance responded to Highways England’s consultation expressing these serious concerns both with the consultation and the proposals.