Wiltshire Council’s position
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The following is taken from Agenda Item 10 pages 227 to 262 for Report to Cabinet (4 March 2017)
Council officers from a variety of technical services have reviewed the public consultation material and their analysis is collated within Appendix 1 (p 241 onwards). This is intended to be submitted to Highways England as the Council’s formal response to the consultation.
The Council has been encouraging government to improve this road, and therefore now welcomes the proposal from Highways England to bring substantial improvements to A303 by building a dual carriageway and a tunnel.
Subject to successful resolution of the issues identified above and in Appendix 1, on the whole officers recommend that the proposed routes for the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme are supported. Where there is a preference in relation to options for the section at Winterbourne Stoke, this is included under various headings at Appendix 1. 15. However, whilst it is recognised that the design proposals are still at a very early stage in the development process, it is necessary for further information to be made available to the Council in order for it to fully assess the proposals. (Our emphasis)
Arrangements have been established for the Council to fully engage and manage the project. The estimated resource implications for the various professional areas are detailed in a Cabinet report considered on 11 October 2016 (Cabinet Papers Item 118).
The Development Consent Order process and the role of Local Authorities within the DCO process is the subject of a Cabinet report on 15 March 2016 (Cabinet Papers Item 39).