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Newquay Growth Area: Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find the answers to some frequently asked questions about Newquay Growth Area.

What is Newquay Strategic Route project?

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The Newquay Strategic Route (NSR) is a new transport link. It will serve Nansledan which was formerly known as the Newquay Growth Area (NGA). The masterplan for the Growth Area has been developed over a number of years, jointly led by Cornwall Council and the Duchy of Cornwall in consultation with local stakeholders and residents through an Enquiry by Design process. NSR was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Planning in June 2011. Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2016.

Planning permission for the road alignment of Phases 2 and 3 was approved in 2013 by Council’s Planning Committee. 

It is situated to the east of Newquay, linking West Road at Hendra Roundabout (A392) to Quintrell Road (A3058) and Trevenson Road.

An aerial view of the route and growth area

The scheme cost for phases 2 and 3 of NSR is £24.38m. More than £15m of funding has been identified comprising secured and anticipated developer contributions and capital receipts. In addition to building the eastern arm (currently under construction) the Duchy of Cornwall has committed to covering the cost of the western arm and working with the Council to ensure smooth and timely delivery. The funding gap of £8.7m has been allocated by the Council from the Economic Development Match Fund Reserve.

The land where NSR is going to be constructed is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and Hautot Development Ltd. A small parcel of land has also been acquired by the Council which forms part of the NSR. On completion of the project, NSR land will be dedicated as public highway.

Cornwall Council is responsible for delivery of the NSR project. A project management team is appointed by the Council to procure a design and build contract to complete Phases 2 and 3. A Project Director has also been appointed to lead on the project on behalf of the Council.

A contract is to be awarded by the council in summer 2019 for design and build of the road. Construction is anticipated to start in spring 2020. This is an indicative programme and some milestones may change in order to best deliver the NSR alongside other local developments. 

Current plan is to open the road for public use in spring 2022.

Improved traffic flow in the area is anticipated by providing an alternative route to Trencreek Lane and Quintrell Road. The route will have two-way traffic, footways and cycle-ways for pedestrians and cyclists.

We are still at an early stage of the project and the level of disruption is dependent on the final design and the volume of construction material and earthwork required. Whilst most of the construction activities are on private land nevertheless there will be some disruption to traffic when we construct the new junction at Trevenson Road. Throughout the construction process as any other major highway projects every effort will be made to minimise delays to traffic.

The contractor is expected to develop a Construction Management Plan before the works commence. Through this plan the contractor must demonstrate how any disruption is going to be minimised with clear plans for managing the traffic on the local network as well as any lorry movements during construction. Cornwall Council will be monitoring contractor’s performance in terms of traffic management and lorry movements.

You can find out more about this project either on our Newquay Strategic Route page or by emailing a question to nsr@cornwall.gov.uk.