Worry over solution to Hempnall crossroads

Hempnall crossroads A140 - Possibly being converted it to a roundabout, ANL-150225-150637009

Hempnall crossroads A140 - Possibly being converted it to a roundabout, ANL-150225-150637009

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The approval of the new blueprint for the expansion of Long Stratton including a long-awaited bypass has put focus on another of the A140’s trouble spots.

The Hempnall crossroads has long been a notoriously difficult junction for cars joining the A140 and the parish council has continued its call for a roundabout to be placed there.

The planned expansion of Long Stratton, part of a document called the Long Stratton Area Action Plan, does mention the Hempnall crossroads as an area to be looked at.

South Norfolk Council, which is developing the Long Stratton plans, has included the Hempnall crossroads among infrastructure that developers of housing would need to contribute improvements to.

But there are no details as to what those improvements would be, other than a stipulation that developers must assess what is needed there as part of developing homes.

David Hook, vice chairman of Hempnall Parish Council said: “Hempnall Parish Council has always supported the idea of a roundabout there, but we feel that the excessive housing development planned for Long Stratton would negate any benefits the new junction or bypass could provide.”

“Developers are good at promising things, but when it hits on affordability they then start applying for opt-outs on their commitments.

“Our view is that we support a bypass for Long Stratton, and a roundabout, but that should not rely on extensive housing.”

Norfolk County Council said in a statement: “We support the objectives of the Long Stratton Area Action Plan in delivering improved infrastructure for the area. This includes making improvements at Hempnall.”

South Norfolk Council leader John Fuller has previously said that the quantity of new homes was the only realistic way of ending the 75-year wait for a bypass, and that it was a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.