Date set for public inquiry into council’s Stubbington Bypass scheme

A DATE has been set for the public inquiry into a council’s decision to try and obtain a privately-owned piece of land to build Stubbington Bypass.

The inquiry into the Stubbington Bypass Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and Side Roads Order (SRO) will begin on Monday, November 26, at The Solent Hotel & Spa in Whiteley at 10am.

Councillor Rob Humby, executive member for environment and transport at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘Hampshire County Council officers have been working to progress the scheme to build a bypass at Stubbington, and have completed the detailed design, undertaken procurement, and carried out advance ecological, archaeological and environmental works.  

‘In order to minimise the risk of delays to this important local scheme and in accordance with the statutory process, the council opened negotiations with landowners to secure all the necessary land at the same time as an application was made for a CPO and SRO.

‘One objection remains to the SRO and as such the Department for Transport have determined that a public inquiry is necessary.

‘Hampshire County Council will be supplying evidence to the Inquiry and will await the outcome in due course.

‘Reisdents can attend where the objection will be discussed in detail.

‘Hampshire County Council has made a commitment to the people of Gosport and Stubbington to improve traffic and travel in south Hampshire and enable long term plans for development and regeneration to come forward.  

‘The Stubbington Bypass is the final piece of a £100m-plus package of road and transport improvements led and implemented by Hampshire County Council in recent years, including the newly opened Newgate Lane South with Peel Common Roundabout, improvements to the A27 and the imminent BRT Eclipse extension.’

Visit hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/stubbingtonbypass for more information.