Norfolk

Public inquiry into A47 Postwick proposal

Plans to change part of the A47 in Norfolk will be subject to a public inquiry, it has been announced.

Norfolk County Council wants to alter the road system at Postwick, which is between the A47 and the road to Thorpe and Norwich.

It has now been announced there will a public inquiry into the proposals following objections.

A county council spokesman said it was a "disappointing and surprising decision".

The inquiry will only be held when the government has reviewed its spending plan, because it is possible there may not be any money to build the road following the spending review.

'Concerned' about delay

In a statement the secretaries of state said that an inquiry "is likely to produce significant new information".

Adrian Gunson, cabinet member for travel and transport at Norfolk County Council, said: "We are confident that the case for the junction is sound, and that it will stand up to scrutiny both during the government's spending review, and during any public inquiry.

"We are concerned that delay in increasing the capacity of this junction will directly impact upon business development and the creation of jobs in the Broadland Business Park and Broadland Gate areas.

"This will limit the contribution the Greater Norwich area will be able to make to the economic recovery."

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