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DEVELOPERS SET TO BENEFIT FROM NEW ROAD PROPOSALS, SAYS DTp

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Developers will see better links between land use planning and the road network and will have greater certainty and...
Developers will see better links between land use planning and the road network and will have greater certainty and advance warning of the improvements needed to trunk roads, due to new measures announced today by Roads Minister, Robert Key. The new measures will give earlier indications of the potential costs to developers of upgrading existing roads which may be affected by new developments.

Following a public consultation last year, Mr Key said that the measures would make the Department more pro-active in clearly identifying at draft development plan stage the proposals which are likely to affect trunk road traffic levels. The new measures will also allow developers the option of selecting their own design consultants and contractors to carry out the necessary road improvements. This is in line with the Department's policy on increasing private sector involvement in road financing and operation.

Commenting on the new initiatives, Mr Key said: 'When a developer wishes to bring about a new development which requires improvements to a trunk road, it is only fair that the developer, rather than the taxpayer should foot the bill.

'Our aims, stated in the public consultation last year and widely shared, are to provide developers as early as possible with information on whether trunk roads need to be improved or upgraded to cope with the increased traffic that the development will bring and the costs of the upgrading. We also aim to give developers freedom to choose their own design consultants and contractors to carry out the works and to ensure a swift and efficient service to developers in their dealings with the Department.'

Mr Key added that a document setting out the proposed improvements in the Departments' procedures would today be sent to developers associations for their consideration. In the light of responses to the consultation document published last year, the Department will not, for the time being, proceed with the proposals to declare Development Road Projects in local plans or unitary development plans Part II. The scope for future improvements will be further reviewed in the light of the Government's proposals for accelerated delivery of the road schemes and for increased private sector involvement in road financing and operation.
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